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Geriatr Nurs. 2014 May-Jun;35(3):175-81. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2013.12.004. Epub 2013 Dec 27.

Nurse/family caregiver intervention for delirium increases delirium knowledge and improves attitudes toward partnership.

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University of Massachusetts, Amherst College of Nursing, 227 Skinner Hall, 651 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01003, USA. Electronic address:
College of Nursing, The Pennsylvania State University, USA; Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, The Pennsylvania State University, USA.


Delirium is highly prevalent, especially in hospitalized older adults and is a costly, significant predictor of poor outcomes, including mortality and institutionalization. Partnership between family caregivers and staff nurses could be a cost-neutral preventive strategy. The Nurse/Family Caregiver Partnership for Delirium Prevention (NFCPM) is an innovative educational program that concurrently teaches family caregivers and nurses about delirium and partnering in prevention. The purpose of this feasibility study was to examine the effect of the NFCPM on knowledge of delirium, attitudes toward partnership, and satisfaction with the NFCPM. A quasi-experimental pretest-posttest design was used to enroll 28 patients, 28 family caregivers, and 28 staff nurses. The intervention group significantly improved knowledge of delirium and attitudes toward partnership. Key to satisfaction were participation in decision making, communication, and respect. The NFCPM appears feasible for clinical practice and provides an innovative strategy for family and nurses to improve hospital outcomes for older adults.

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