J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs.  2012 Sep;23(3):256-265. 10.12799/jkachn.2012.23.3.256.

Agitation in Home-dwelling Persons with Dementia and Coping Behaviors in Primary Care-givers to the Agitation

Affiliations
  • 1Keimyung University Dongsan Hospital, Daegu, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea. hopark@kmu.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to investigate agitation in home-dwelling persons with dementia and coping behaviors of primary family care-givers to agitation.
METHODS
The research was designed as a descriptive study. A total of two hundred and five subjects had participated in this study. To measure agitation in persons with dementia, Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory was used. To measure coping behaviors of primary family care-givers to the agitation, a questionnaire was used. Descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA, Scheffe test were used to answer the research objectives.
RESULTS
'Repetitive mannerisms' and 'repeating sentences' were the most commonly occurred agitation in home-dwelling persons with dementia. 'Leaving the situation', 'allowing certain time', and 'soothing by talking' were the most common coping behaviors occurred in primary care-givers.
CONCLUSION
The findings of the current study would provide meaningful data to develop nursing programs to control agitation for home-dwelling persons with dementia and education programs for primary care-givers to cope with persons' agitation.

Keyword

Dementia; Psychomotor agitation; Caregivers; Coping behaviors

MeSH Terms

Adaptation, Psychological
Caregivers
Dementia
Dihydroergotamine
Humans
Phosphatidylethanolamines
Psychomotor Agitation
Surveys and Questionnaires
Dihydroergotamine
Phosphatidylethanolamines
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