A step in the right direction for nursing home patients with dementia

According to a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center study nursing homes are seeking more communication outside of the homes and turning to Videodementiaconferencing. As stated, nursing homes in the United States care for an increasing number of people with dementia.

This could be a step in the right direction for many nursing homes as technology grows and so do the number of residents. 

“A new study, led by clinician researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Hebrew SeniorLife and published online in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, has found that use of video consultation technology that brings together nursing home staff and hospital-based clinical experts was associated with significant reductions in the use of physical restraints and antipsychotic medication among patients with dementia. Researchers found that patients in the facilities involved in the study were 75 percent less likely to be physically restrained and 17 percent less likely to be prescribed antipsychotic medications.”

You can read more about the study and how videoconferencing is playing a major roll in the upcoming changes! (Source) http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-06/bidm-vbh060616.php

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