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Guideline Recommendations to Improve Dementia Care

MCGILTON, KATHERINE S. PHD, RN; LEVER, JUDITH A. MSC(A), RN, GNC(C); MOWAT, JANYTH MSCN, RN, ACNP, GNC(C); PARNELL, LORA BSCN, RN-EC, MED; PERIVOLARIS, ATHINA MN, RN; BISCARDI, MELISSA BSCN, RN

doi: 10.1097/01.ACQ.0000268259.68866.4b
Feature Topic: Alternate Models of Care

This article presents the findings of an expert panel review group whose goal was to develop nursing best practice guidelines for care of persons with dementia. Detailed are recommendations for practice, education, organization, and policy resulting from the comprehensive review.

Katherine S. McGilton, PhD, RN, is a research scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and a career scientist, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Judith A. Lever, MSc(A), RN, GNC(c), is a clinical nurse specialist in gerontology, Mohawk College School of Nursing, Faculty, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Janyth Mowat, MScN, RN, ACNP, GNC(c), is a nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist, Specialized Geriatric Services, Parkwood Hospital, St Joseph's Health Care, London, Ontario, Canada.

Lora Parnell, BScN, MEd, RN-EC, is a nurse practitioner (primary health care) in gerontology, St. Joseph's Care Group Hospital, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Athina Perivolaris, MN, RN, is an advanced practice nurse, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Melissa Biscardi, BScN, RN, is a research assistant, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Address correspondence to: Katherine S. McGilton, PhD, RN, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Queen Elizabeth Centre, 130 Dunn Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6K 2R7. E-mail: mcgilton. kathy@torontorehab.on.ca.

The authors thank the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario for providing support to develop the Dementia, Delirium and Depression Best Practice Guidelines. We also thank the 3D Guideline Development Team for its assistance with the organizational recommendations. This research has been generously supported by a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the ministry.

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