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Elder-clowns are a recent innovation in arts-based approaches to person-centred dementia care. They use improvisation, humour, and empathy, as well as song, dance, and music. We examined elder-clown practice and techniques through a 12-week programme with 23 long-term care residents with moderate to severe dementia in Ontario, Canada. Analysis was based on(More)
A global shift in the setting of healthcare from hospitals and long-term care institutions to homes and communities has been accompanied by the growth of interest in the home as a site of healthcare research. Home care researchers have identified the recruitment of research subjects as a significant concern. The present descriptive, exploratory study used(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the effects of elder-clowning on moderate to severe behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) in nursing home residents with dementia, primarily of the Alzheimer's type. DESIGN Before-and-after study. SETTING Nursing home. PARTICIPANTS Nursing home residents with moderate to severe BPSD, as defined according to a(More)
AIM This paper is a report of a study to examine nursing emotion work and interprofessional collaboration in order to understand and improve collaborative nursing practice. BACKGROUND Nursing standards identify collaborative practice as necessary for quality patient care yet many nurses are often reluctant to participate in interprofessional teams.(More)
In this study, mothers retrospectively describe their experiences of prolonged protective isolation with infants hospitalized for severe combined immune deficiency. Mothers (N = 5) spent approximately 10 hours every day for 10.5 months in an 11-foot-square isolation room. Dressed in masks and surgical garb, they cared for their infants but were prohibited(More)
Research suggests that health care can be improved and patient harm reduced when health professionals successfully collaborate across professional boundaries. Consequently, there is growing support for interprofessional collaboration in health and social care, both nationally and internationally. Factors including professional hierarchies,(More)
Traumatic brain injury often results in physical, behavioral, and cognitive impairments perceived by health care practitioners to limit or exclude clients' full participation in treatment decision making. We used qualitative methods to evaluate the short- and long-term impact of "After the Crash: A Play About Brain Injury," a research-based drama designed(More)
General internal medicine (GIM) is a communicatively complex specialty because of its diverse patient population and the number and diversity of health care providers working on a medicine ward. Effective interprofessional communication in such information-intensive environments is critical to achieving optimal patient care. Few empirical studies have(More)
AIM This paper presents the findings of research comparing the incremental costs associated with the provision of home-based vs. hospital-based support for breastfeeding by nurse lactation consultants for term and near-term neonates during the first week of life. BACKGROUND A consequence of both consumer demands and increasing health resource constraints(More)