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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154250
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Aromatherapy Use in Patients with Dementia: A Case Study
Abstract:
Aromatherapy Use in Patients with Dementia: A Case Study
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Niesel, Barbara, RNC, BSN, MN
P.I. Institution Name:Arizona State University
Title:Clinical Track Assistant Professor
[Symposium Presentation] Provision of care for the elderly with dementia is occurring more and more in the privacy of their own home, a family member's home, or in the less traditional care facility such as adult care homes or assisted living centers. More research and documentation in the literature is needed to identify specific interventions for behavioral disorders associated with dementia and the expected outcomes in traditional as well as nontraditional care settings. This abstract presents a case history in which an alternative nursing intervention was implemented for the purpose of reducing the intensity of psychotic features associated with dementia and reducing the use of anti-psychotic medications. Aromatherapy has been well documented in the literature as an alternative treatment approach. It is however, relatively new to dementia care. The facility was an assisted living 24-hour care center that specialized in dementia care; care at this facility was based on an activity, behavioral oriented model, rather than a medical model. After collaboration and permission from with the medical director, physician, the treatment team, and family, the Nurse Practitioner introduced a protocol for aromatherapy use to the facility. Staff at all levels were then trained by the Nurse Practitioner prior to implementing the treatment protocol. The outcome in this case resulted in two positive, measurable improvements. First, quality of life for this female resident with advancing dementia and severe behavioral problems improved considerably as demonstrated over a six week time period in which the frequency and intensity of episodes of paranoia, agitation, and hyperactivity were greatly reduced. Eventually, the patient was gradually tapered off all anti-psychotic medications. The second outcome resulted in the significantly improved family satisfaction with the provision of care to their loved one. More studies are needed in demonstrating the efficacy of this alternative approach. Similar results occurred with other residents.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAromatherapy Use in Patients with Dementia: A Case Studyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154250-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Aromatherapy Use in Patients with Dementia: A Case Study</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Niesel, Barbara, RNC, BSN, MN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Arizona State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Clinical Track Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">barbara.niesel@asu.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Symposium Presentation] Provision of care for the elderly with dementia is occurring more and more in the privacy of their own home, a family member's home, or in the less traditional care facility such as adult care homes or assisted living centers. More research and documentation in the literature is needed to identify specific interventions for behavioral disorders associated with dementia and the expected outcomes in traditional as well as nontraditional care settings. This abstract presents a case history in which an alternative nursing intervention was implemented for the purpose of reducing the intensity of psychotic features associated with dementia and reducing the use of anti-psychotic medications. Aromatherapy has been well documented in the literature as an alternative treatment approach. It is however, relatively new to dementia care. The facility was an assisted living 24-hour care center that specialized in dementia care; care at this facility was based on an activity, behavioral oriented model, rather than a medical model. After collaboration and permission from with the medical director, physician, the treatment team, and family, the Nurse Practitioner introduced a protocol for aromatherapy use to the facility. Staff at all levels were then trained by the Nurse Practitioner prior to implementing the treatment protocol. The outcome in this case resulted in two positive, measurable improvements. First, quality of life for this female resident with advancing dementia and severe behavioral problems improved considerably as demonstrated over a six week time period in which the frequency and intensity of episodes of paranoia, agitation, and hyperactivity were greatly reduced. Eventually, the patient was gradually tapered off all anti-psychotic medications. The second outcome resulted in the significantly improved family satisfaction with the provision of care to their loved one. More studies are needed in demonstrating the efficacy of this alternative approach. Similar results occurred with other residents.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:51:20Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:51:20Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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