New parameters for daytime wandering

Algase, Donna L. , Antonakos, Cathy L., Beattie, Elizabeth , & Beel-Bates, Cynthia A. (2009) New parameters for daytime wandering. Research In Gerontological Nursing, 2(1), pp. 58-68.

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This study aimed to describe wandering using new parameters and to evaluate parameters as a function of cognitive impairment and mobility. Forty-four wanderers in long-term care settings were videotaped 12 times. Rate and duration of wandering episodes were plotted and used to derive parameters from values above and below case medians, proportion of hours wandering, and time of day. Participants wandered during 47% of observations; on average, the hourly rate was 4.3 episodes, the peak hourly rate was 18 episodes, and the peak hourly duration was 19.9 minutes. Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scores was negatively correlated with overall duration and number of observations during which duration exceeded 15 minutes per hour, was positively correlated with number of observations without wandering, and was not significantly correlated with rate-related parameters. Mobility correlated positively with rate and duration parameters. Interaction of MMSE score and mobility was the strongest predictor of wandering duration. Parameters derived from repeated measures provide a new view of daytime wandering and insight into relationships between MMSE score and mobility status with specific parameters of wandering.

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ID Code: 28041
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Dementia, Daytime Wandering, New Parameters, Mini-Mental State Examination, Mobility
ISSN: 1940-4921
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Aged Care Nursing (111001)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Slack, Inc.
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2009 23:33
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:55

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