Screening for mental disorders in residential aged care facilities

Pachana, Nancy A., Helmes, Edward, Byrne, Gerard J. A., Edelstein, Barry A., Konnert, Candace A. and Pot, Anne Margriet (2010) Screening for mental disorders in residential aged care facilities. International Psychogeriatrics, 22 7: 1107-1120. doi:10.1017/S1041610210000128

Author Pachana, Nancy A.
Helmes, Edward
Byrne, Gerard J. A.
Edelstein, Barry A.
Konnert, Candace A.
Pot, Anne Margriet
Title Screening for mental disorders in residential aged care facilities
Journal name International Psychogeriatrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1041-6102
Publication date 2010-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S1041610210000128
Volume 22
Issue 7
Start page 1107
End page 1120
Total pages 14
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction: The International Psychogeriatric Association Task Force on Mental Health Services in Long-Term Care Facilities seeks to improve care of persons in residential aged care facilities (RACFs). As part of that effort the current authors have contributed an overview and discussion of the uses of brief screening instruments in RACFs.

Methods: While no current guidelines on the use of screening instruments in nursing homes were found, relevant extant guidelines were consulted. The literature on measurement development, testing standards, psychometric considerations and the nursing home environment were consulted.

Results: Cognitive, psychiatric, behavioral, functional and omnibus screening instruments are described at a category level, along with specifics about their use in a RACF environment. Issues surrounding the selection, administration, interpretation and uses of screening instruments in RACFs are discussed. Issues of international interest (such as translation of measures) or clinical concern (e.g. impact of severe cognitive decline on assessment) are addressed. Practical points surrounding who can administer, score and interpret such screens, as well as their psychometric and clinical strengths more broadly, are articulated.

: Guidelines for use of screening instruments in the RACF environment are offered, together with broad recommendations concerning the appropriate use of brief screening instruments in RACFs. Directions for future research and policy directions are outlined, with particular reference to the international context.  © Cambridge University Press
Keyword Aging
Residential aged care
Screening Instruments
Translation of measures
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Official 2011 Collection
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