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Effects of the Serial Trial Intervention on discomfort and behavior of nursing home residents with dementia. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen 2006 Jun-Jul;21(3):147-55 PMID: 16869334

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This study tested the effectiveness of the Serial Trial Intervention (STI), an innovative clinical protocol for assessment and management of unmet needs in people with late-stage dementia. A double-blinded randomized experiment was conducted in 14 nursing homes with 114 subjects. The treatment group had significantly less discomfort than the control group at posttesting and more frequently had behavioral symptoms return to baseline. The group of nurses using the STI also showed more persistence in assessing and intervening than control group nurses did. There was a statistically significant difference between the groups in the use of pharmacological, but not nonpharmacological, comfort treatments. Results suggest that the STI is effective and that effective treatment of discomfort is possible for people with late-stage dementia.

Author List

Kovach CR, Logan BR, Noonan PE, Schlidt AM, Smerz J, Simpson M, Wells T


Brent R. Logan PhD Director, Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Aged, 80 and over
Clinical Protocols
Double-Blind Method
Neuropsychological Tests
Nursing Assessment
Nursing Homes
Pain Measurement
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