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  1. The day hospital debate : A contribution.

    Article - En anglais

    Objective

    To compare the prevalence of difficult behaviours in confused older people attending a National Health Service (NHS) day hospital with those attending non-NHS day care facilities.

    Design

    A behavioural rating scale was completed and referral information collected for people with dementia attending day care services.

    Setting

    One day hospital and seven day care facilities in one UK health authority.

    Patients

    All 20 attenders at an NHS day hospital and 64 attending day care, the latter identified by the staff as'confused'Measures.

    A 15-item behaviour rating scale.

    Results

    The quantitative ratings showed more disturbance (restlessness, friction, sexual disinhibition), poorer memory and decreased mobility in the NHS attenders.

    These small differences concealed much greater qualitative differences in the methods of operation of the two types of facility, with the focus being on assessment and throughput in the day hospital and social support in the day care services.

    Conclusions

    In the light of recent debate, this study has demonstrated small but measurable behavioural differences between an NHS day hospital and non-specialist day care.

    However, a focus on rating of behaviour alone conceals much greater differences in why people are referred, by whom and for what reasons.

    The day hospital has its own role and is not merely plugging a gap.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Hôpital jour, Service santé, Démence, Confusion mentale, Prévalence, Trouble comportement, Royaume Uni, Europe, Personne âgée, Homme, Maladie dégénérative, Encéphale pathologie, Système nerveux central pathologie, Système nerveux pathologie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Day hospital, Health service, Dementia, Mental confusion, Prevalence, Behavioral disorder, United Kingdom, Europe, Elderly, Human, Degenerative disease, Cerebral disorder, Central nervous system disease, Nervous system diseases

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 99-0373937

    Code Inist : 002B18E. Création : 22/03/2000.