Nursing care of people with dementia in an orthopaedic acute care setting: An integrative literature review

Anders M. Jensen, Rhonda Wilson, Birthe D. Pedersen, Lise Hounsgaard, Ellen Boldrup Tingleff

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftsartikelForskningpeer review


Aims and Objectives: This integrative literature review is to collect what is known about the care of people with dementia when they require a hospital admission for an orthopaedic surgical procedure and to contribute to developing an evidence-base to support nursing practice when caring for people with dementia in an orthopaedic setting. Background: People with a dementia diagnosis are increasingly common in acute orthopaedic care settings and the admission exposes people with dementia to risks during their hospital stay. In addition, nurses find people with dementia challenging to care for due to the complexity of dual conditions. Little is known specifically about the care requirements for people with dementia in orthopaedic settings. Design: Integrative literature review. Methods: An integrative literature review and qualitative deductive content analysis using McCormack and McCance's theoretical nursing framework (Person-Centred Nursing Framework) of nine studies were undertaken. The process of the review was guided by PRISMA checklist. Results: The care environment and resistance either in passive form, or through physical intervention, is common in orthopaedic nursing. Planning and delivering care for physical, cognitive and emotional needs is identified as being difficult, resulting in a lack of inclusion for patients, partly due to communication challenges. Finding ways to implement tailored care plans within standard ward routines proves difficult, and the consequence is a less than optimal care experience with adverse effects on patients characterised by an increase in dementia symptoms. Conclusions: Care for people with dementia in an orthopaedic setting is complex. It needs to be further studied so that more evidence and supporting literature can contribute to improved care for this group of patients. Relevance to Clinical Practice: This study describes the complexity of providing fundamental care for people with dual conditions of dementia and orthopaedic injury and suggests opportunities for improvement.
TidsskriftJournal of Clinical Nursing
Udgave nummer9-10
Sider (fra-til)2298-2318
Antal sider21
StatusUdgivet - maj 2023


  • demens
  • sygepleje


Dyk ned i forskningsemnerne om 'Nursing care of people with dementia in an orthopaedic acute care setting: An integrative literature review'. Sammen danner de et unikt fingeraftryk.