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Dementia Awareness in Northern Nursing Practice La connaissance des troubles de démence dans le cadre de la pratique infirmière en région nordique

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Abstract:

The purpose of this study was to identify key concepts in dementia care from the perspective of registered nurses working in the Canadian north. Interviews were conducted with RNs employed in small, remote northern communities about their experiences with dementia assessment and caregiving and their perceptions about dementia care resources. The grounded theory method used in analyzing the interview data led to the development of a theory about dementia awareness in northern nursing practice. The study identified 3 categories of conditions that influence northern RNs' awareness of dementia: , and . The findings suggest the need for educational programs and health-care policies that increase awareness of dementia in northern nursing practice and thereby improve the care provided to northern people.

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Cette étude a pour objectif de cerner les concepts clés en matière de soins aux personnes souffrant de démence, selon le point de vue des infirmières autorisées œuvrant dans le Nord canadien. Des entrevues ont été réalisées auprès d'IA en poste dans de petites communautés nordiques isolées, portant sur leurs expériences de dépistage de la démence, la prestation de soins liée à cette maladie et leurs perceptions concernant les ressources disponibles. La méthode de théorisation ancrée utilisée dans l'analyse des données d'entrevues a mené à l'élaboration d'une théorie portant sur la connaissance des troubles de démence dans le cadre de la pratique infirmière en région nordique. Les auteures de l'étude ont cerné trois points qui influencent les connaissances des IA œuvrant en région nordique relativement à la démence : les soins aux personnes atteintes de démence et la prestation de soins communautaires; les caractéristiques de l'IA œuvrant en région nordique; et la vie professionnelle des infirmières en milieu nordique. Les résultats indiquent un besoin de mettre en place des programmes et des politiques de santé qui sensibilisent le personnel infirmier nordique aux troubles de démence, une mesure qui permettrait d'améliorer les soins prodigués aux populations nordiques.

Keywords: ABORIGINAL HEALTH; DEMENTIA; PRIMARY HEALTH CARE; RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH CARE; THEORY; UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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