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Author: Johanna Nordheim (12)


Dec
1969

To test whether the negative relationship between perceived stress and quality of life (Hypothesis 1) can be buffered by perceived social support in patients with dementia as well as in caregivers individually (Hypothesis 2: actor effects) and across partners (Hypothesis 3: partner effects and actor-partner effects).
A total of 108 couples (N = 216 individuals) comprised of one individual with early-stage dementia and one caregiving partner were assessed at baseline and one month apart. Moderation effects were investigated by applying linear mixed models and actor-partner interdependence models.

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Jan
2018

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) could be useful for delivering non-pharmacological therapies (NPTs) for dementia in nursing home settings.
To identify technology-related expectations and inhibitions of healthcare professionals associated with the intention to use ICT-based NPTs.
Cross-sectional multi-method survey.

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Jan
2018

The aim of the present study was to investigate the psychometric characteristics of the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) in a sample of dementia patients and their spousal caregivers.
We investigated the reliability and validity of the 14-item PSS in a sample of 80 couples, each including one spouse who had been diagnosed with mild to moderate dementia (mean age 75.55, SD = 5.

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Jun
2017

In patients with early-stage dementia and their caregiving partners, reciprocal dyadic coping (DC) is crucial for preventing or reducing depressive symptoms in both partners. This study examines the relationships between 'own DC' and 'perceived partner DC' with depressive symptoms in couples coping with dementia on individual (actor effects) and cross-person (partner effects) levels.
164 individuals (82 patients with early-stage dementia and their 82 caregiving partners; N= 82 dyads) participated in this prospective study with measures (DC, depressive symptoms, and dementia severity) taken at baseline and at six months.

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Nov
2016

Given the well-established association between perceived stress and quality of life (QoL) in dementia patients and their partners, our goal was to identify whether relationship quality and dyadic coping would operate as mediators between perceived stress and QoL.
82 dyads of dementia patients and their spousal caregivers were included in a cross-sectional assessment from a prospective study. QoL was assessed with the Quality of Life in Alzheimer's Disease scale (QoL-AD) for dementia patients and the WHO Quality of Life-BREF for spousal caregivers.

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Dec
1969

The Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI) is one of the most popular and frequently used instruments for assessing so-called challenging behavior in individuals with dementia in research practice. However, no information is available regarding the factor structure of the German version of the Neuropsychiatric Inventory - Nursing Home (NPI-NH). The aim of this study was to evaluate the factor structure (an aspect of construct validity) and internal consistency of the NPI-NH for two different stages of dementia severity in a large German nursing home population.

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Jun
2015

We present a combined socio- and psychotherapeutic intervention in couples affected by incipient dementia. We show that the consideration of both social and psychological resources play an important role in the therapy process. 2 additional case reports suggest that those principles of both socio- and psychotherapy can be successfully applied in early dementia.

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Aug
2015

Initial sporadic experiences in a Berlin nursing home showed that residents with dementia responded well to activating therapy with tablet computers. This innovative technology seemed to provide a differentiated and individual therapeutic access. These observations encouraged the nursing home management to contact the Institute of Medical Sociology and Rehabilitation Science at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin with the aim to examine the practical experiences.

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Sep
2013

To test the effect of a complex guideline-based intervention on agitation and psychotropic prescriptions.
Cluster randomized controlled trial (VIDEANT) with blinded assessment of outcome in 18 nursing homes in Berlin, Germany, comprising 304 dementia patients.
Training, support, and activity therapy intervention, delivered at the level of each nursing home, focusing on the management of agitation in dementia.

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Jun
2013

Quality of life (Qol) is a widely selected outcome in intervention studies. The QUALIDEM is a dementia-specific Qol-instrument from The Netherlands. The aim of this study is to evaluate the scalability and internal consistency of the German version of the QUALIDEM.

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Apr
2011

Shared-Housing Arrangements (SHA) for care-dependent older persons gain increasing importance as a setting for nursing care in Germany, both in terms of numbers and user preference. This article aims to answer the questions in which phases SHA have developed over time, what the initiator's objectives are, and what factors contributed to SHA proliferation. A systematic review of the literature was conducted that finally included 73 articles.

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Dec
1969

The present contribution discusses the utilization of the healthcare system by elderly patients in Germany. First, the paper focuses on the detailed characterization of a group of people aged 60 years or more (N = 73,454). Second, the objective is to analyze the data for high utilization of healthcare services by older men and women.

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