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Quality of Life and Dementia: An Integrated Review of Literature

KWASKY, ANDREA N. DNP, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC; HARRISON, BARBARA E. PHD, GNP-BC; WHALL, ANN L. PHD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

Alzheimer's Care Today:
doi: 10.1097/ACQ.0b013e3181ec00e1
FEATURE TOPIC: Dementia Care: Best Practices
Abstract

This article presents an integrated literature review of major concepts related to quality of life (QoL) for persons with dementia and demonstrates their application to nursing care. Researchers used an integrated review of literature from 3 health care databases. The concepts related to QoL for persons with dementia are emotional states, activities of daily living, communication, cognitive functioning, and caregiver(patient perception. The review finds that QoL is independent of cognitive functioning. Nursing care of persons with dementia needs to focus on interventions that integrate the concepts demonstrated to improve quality of life.

Author Information

McAuley School of Nursing, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan (Dr Kwasky); the School of Nursing, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan (Dr Harrison); and School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the Allesee Endowed Chair of Gerontological Nursing at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan (Dr Whall).

Correspondence: Andrea N. Kwasky, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, McAuley School of Nursing, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI 48221 (kwaskyan@udmercy.edu).

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