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Nursing home residents in Northern Jutland

Nursing home residents in Northern Jutland

Ugeskrift for Laeger 162(10): 1393-1398

The purpose of the study was to describe a Danish nursing home population. The study consists of 288 nursing home residents (median age 84.6 years, 68% females). The psychiatric morbidity of the residents was diagnosed with the GMS-AGECAT. The staff was interviewed about the residents' ADL, disturbing behaviour and therapeutic measures. Seventy-one percent had a psychiatric disorder, with organic disorder as the most frequent (61%). Demented residents received significantly less hypnotics, were more often physically restrained and had lower ADL levels compared to other residents. The situation in Denmark can be seen as a paradox. While substantial effort has been made to increase the possibility of choice and to "deinstitutionalize" nursing homes, the majority of the residents are demented and thus not capable of making valid choices.

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