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Healthcare professionals may not be maintaining person-centred care for people with dementia hospitalised on acute wards
  1. Joseph E Gaugler,
  2. Katie M Wocken
  1. School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Joseph E Gaugler, School of Nursing, 6-153 Weaver-Densford Hall, 308 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA; gaug0015{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Healthcare professionals in acute care require additional education to implement person-centred care of persons with dementia.

  • Person-centred care in hospital settings can be enhanced through the promotion of attachment, inclusion, identity, occupation and comfort.

  • Organisational factors, such as productivity goals, may influence the implementation of person-centred care in acute care settings.


Many organisations have identified person-centred care as key to promoting quality of life for persons with dementia. The majority of efforts to enhance person-centred care have largely occurred in residential long-term settings as part of …

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