Lois K. Evans

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OBJECTIVE The authors conducted a psychometric evaluation of the Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia (CSDD) through factor analysis and assessment of criterion validity in an older, frail nursing home population, with a secondary analysis of pre-intervention data from a longitudinal clinical trial aimed at reducing restraints in nursing homes. (More)
Academic nursing practice holds great promise for the future of the nursing discipline. The successful and intentional integration of the tripartite mission of research, education, and clinical practice can facilitate both the evolution of the science and implementation of evidence-based practice, while imbuing practitioners in the making with the world of(More)
Variation in the presentation of depressive illness among older African Americans may complicate assessment of depression, especially among those with multiple medical comorbidities and functional disabilities. The purpose of this study was to explore the prevalence of depression among older poor African Americans attending an academic outpatient(More)
Psychiatric nurses have an essential role in meeting the mental health needs of diverse, at-risk, underserved, and disenfranchised populations across the lifespan. This paper summarizes the needs of individuals especially at-risk for mental health disorders, acknowledging that such vulnerability is contextual, age-specific, and influenced by biological,(More)
BACKGROUND Apathy, the major manifestation of impaired goal-directed behavior (GDB), is the most common neuropsychiatric syndrome associated with behavioral variant frontotemporal degeneration (bvFTD). The behavioral and biological mechanisms of apathy, however, are not well understood. We hypothesized that GDB has multiple components-including at least(More)
Apathy, a reduction in goal-directed behavior (GDB), affects 90% of individuals with behavioral variant frontotemporal degeneration, which is a common cause of early onset neurodegenerative disease. The cognitive and neural impairments associated with apathy make it difficult to initiate, plan, and self-motivate activities toward a specific goal, such as(More)
There is an abundant literature about the experience of caregiving for a spouse living with Alzheimer's disease (AD), but there are very few qualitative studies about caregiving for persons living with Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD). FTD causes a change in personality and affected persons may lose the ability to adhere to social norms. Thus, the(More)