Improving surgical outcomes for people with dementia

Diane Loughlin, Margaret Brown

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Surgical intervention in older people with dementia is becoming increasingly common as the population ages and the number of people with dementia continues to rise. People with dementia have unique needs that require sensitive management at all stages of hospitalisation for surgery. This article sets out a suggested pathway for the care of these patients, in the form of a flow chart. It discusses recognition and assessment of dementia and delirium, issues of capacity and consent, interventions required for optimum care of older people with dementia and peri-operative management. It explores the role of family and friends in achieving integrated care
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-58
Number of pages8
JournalNursing Standard
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2015


  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • patient-centred care
  • nursing care
  • nursing assessment
  • integrated delivery of health care
  • health services for the aged
  • general surgery
  • dementia


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