Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Mary Brann, DNP, RN
Karen Gilbert, DNP, MS, RN, CDP
Practice Problem: Individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias cannot verbalize their care needs during transitions of care (TOC) and rely on their home caregivers (HCs) for advocacy. The lack of communication between clinicians in one setting and HCs can lead to detrimental health outcomes for the length of stay.
PICOT: The PICOT question that guided this project was: With the assistance of family nurse consultants (P), how does the implementation of standardized care needs communication tool for support persons of persons with dementia (I) vs. no standardized process (C) enhance the ability for the support person to communicate care needs during TOC (O) within 5 weeks (T)?
Evidence: The review of high-quality studies reveals evidence that supports clinician-home caregiver communication as an approach to bridge gaps for the person with dementia (PWD) across health care settings. Intervention: The clinician-home caregiver communication checklist was used as an evidence-based tool to enhance the HC’s ability to communicate care needs for the PWD during care transitions.
Outcome: There was a clinically significant improvement with the family nurse consultants’ utilization of the tool, and HCs who were offered the tool benefited from that time of preparation for their loved ones. There was a statistically significant improvement in family nurse consultants’ perception of the value and usefulness of the tool after they were introduced to it.
Conclusion: The project findings revealed that using the standardized care needs communication tool, HCs can be crucial members to strengthen TOC for the cognitively impaired individual.
Jeune, V. (2021). Partnering with Hospital Providers to Facilitate Handoff for Persons with Dementia in the Acute Care Setting. [Doctoral project, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences]. SOAR @ USA: Student Scholarly Projects Collection. https://doi.org/10.46409/sr.CPHF9051
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