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Strategies for Feeding Patients with Dementia

Chang, Chia-Chi PhD, RN; Roberts, Beverly L. PhD, FAAN, FGSA

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: April 2011 - Volume 111 - Issue 4 - pp 36-44
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000396553.01996.5e
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OVERVIEW: Despite the high prevalence of dementia among elderly patients in hospitals and nursing homes and the strong association between dementia and feeding difficulty, few sources adequately address effective feeding interventions. Basing their discussion on the conceptual model that grew out of a previously published systematic literature review, the authors address a wide range of assessment and intervention practices specific to various observed behaviors that may aid in feeding patients with dementia.

Keywords: Alzheimer's disease, dementia, feeding difficulties, malnutrition

This article addresses a wide range of assessment and intervention practices specific to various behaviors that may aid in feeding patients with dementia.

Chia-Chi Chang is an associate professor in the School of Geriatric Nursing and Care Management in the College of Nursing at Taipei Medical University in Taipei, Taiwan. Beverly L. Roberts is the Annabel Davis Jenks Endowed Professor for Teaching and Research in Clinical Nursing Excellence at the University of Florida College of Nursing in Gainesville. Contact author: Chia-Chi Chang, cchang@tmu.edu.tw. This manuscript was supported by a grant from the National Health Research Institutes (NHRI-EX99-9921PC). The authors of this article have disclosed no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.