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The Journal of Korean Academic Society of Nursing Education 2010;16(2):312-320.
Published online December 31, 2010.
Comprehension and Knowledge about Delirium in Nurses Working at Long-Term Care Hospitals or General Hospitals
Yang, Young-Hee;
Department of Nursing, Dankook University
요양병원과 종합병원 간호사들의 섬망에 대한 인식과 간호지식정도
단국대학교 의과대학 간호학과
This study was done to compare the comprehension and knowledge about delirium in nurses working at long-term care hospitals (NLH) with nurses working at a general hospital (NGH). Method: The participants were 191 nurses from a general hospital and 7 long-term care hospitals in Chungnam. The tool for comprehension consisted of the needs and importance of delirium education and the confidence of management for early detection, caring and prevention of delirium. The tool for knowledge of delirium developed by the author consisted of causing factors, symptoms, caring and prevention of delirium. Result: The comprehension of need and importance of delirium education was higher than the confidence for delirium management in participants. NLH nurses had a higher level in comprehension of the need and importance of delirium education and a lower level in confidence of delirium management than NGH nurses. The mean for delirium knowledge was 75.32% for all participants. The knowledge of NLH nurses was significantly lower than those of NGH nurses. All nurses showed low scores in confidence and knowledge of delirium prevention. Conclusion: A systematic educational program for nurses to enhance the ability for assessment, early detection and prevention of delirium for institutionalized elderly patients needs to be developed.
Key Words: Delirium, Comprehension, Knowledge, Aged, Long-term care
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