Direct observation of behavior: a review of current measures for use with older adults with dementia.

Kim J. Curyto, Kimberly Van Haitsma, Deedre K. Vriesman

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Abstract

This review article reports on methods of direct observation of behaviors for use in long-term care settings, particularly with older adults who have dementia. This article provides information on the theoretical roots, administration methods, and psychometric properties of measures of direct observation of individual behavior. It is hoped that this review will help gerontological nurses make informed choices about the direct observation measures that suit their specific needs, highlight the role of direct observation in quality improvement for dementia care, and facilitate a balance between identifying a gold standard and allowing flexibility to assess project-specific behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-76
Number of pages25
JournalResearch in gerontological nursing
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Health Policy
  • Gerontology

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