Priority 15 from the Seniors' Health (Alberta, Canada) PSP

UNCERTAINTY: In what ways can seniors with dementia be better supported by hospital staff when visiting the emergency department? (JLA PSP Priority 15)
Overall ranking 15
JLA question ID 0083/15
Explanatory note

Older people living with memory impairment or dementia are often poorly served by emergency services and are at risk of adverse events.  People wanted more evidence on the best ways to ensure that people with dementia were given appropriate, safe and timely care when attending hospitals as an emergency, and that the ways of treating them are the best possible


 None identified

Health Research Classification System category Neurological, Generic health relevance
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples In relation to dementia...hard to get a diagnosis, to get ongoing and consistent help.Would really like the ER visit for dementia patients to be better. Staff should have more training in communication, de-esclating, and be more sympathetic instead of confused or judgemental.
Submitted by  1 Caregiver
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0083
PSP name Seniors' Health (Alberta, Canada)
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 97  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 13 August 2018