Introduction: To deal with the complexity of the situation of people with dementia in acute hospitals, it is necessary to develop tailored interventions. In doing so, it is important to consider the perspectives of all relevant persons, including health care teams. Aim: The aim of this study was to explore the situation of people with dementia in three Swiss acute hospitals from the perspective of health care teams. Methods: We conducted three focus group interviews with health care teams consisting of medical doctors, nurses and therapists. Data were analysed by means of summarising content analysis according to Mayring. Results: A total of 20 health professionals took part. Three main categories were identified: "People with dementia confront the hospital system", "The hospital system fails to meet the needs of people with dementia" and "Necessary changes take place in the hospital system". The results show a lack of intention in the hospital system to address the specific needs of people with dementia. Health care teams feel forced to intensify their teamwork. This occurs unsystematically and with little organisational support. Conclusion: It seems of paramount importance to systematically support the teams' initiatives for enhanced teamwork in caring for people with dementia. Teamwork should be considered as a key aspect when developing interventions.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Healthcare Teams' Perspective on Caring for People with Dementia in Acute Hospitals: A Qualitative Study|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2020|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nursing (all)