UNIVERSITY NURSING PROFESSOR WINS $2.2 MILLION RESEARCH GRANT FOR DEMENTIA, ALZHEIMER’S PATIENTS
As advancements in the nursing research expand, nursing faculties find their way in integrating newer developments.
In a recent report, Rebecca Davis, an area university nursing professor in Kirkhof College of Nursing at Grand Valley State University, won a $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging to conduct a five year intervention study, testing if visual cues will help within an assisted living or long-term care facility residents find their way through confusing hallways.
The study will be conducted with approximately 140 patients in 12 long-term care facilities located in West Michigan and Cleveland.
“Six times over a year, they will be asked to find their way to certain places within their community,” Davis said.
Some facilities will have improved signs and decorative origins, such as a large painting. Others will integrate signage and education, and a control group will have no enhancements.
For residents with dementia, with no retention in going to the dining hall, for example, creates feelings of anxiety and frustration, and can cause them to limit the number of areas where they spend their time.
“Staff at facilities recognize it as a huge problem, so they are very willing to participate in this study and see if their residents improve,” Davis said.
“One question we have is if we intervene with cues and education, will their wayfinding abilities get better or will they stay the same?”
This is the first time a GVSU researcher has secured this institute’s R01 funding, which GVSU said is the “most prestigious.”
Davis said R01 funding is desirable for clinical trials like this due to the “complexity of the study.”
“We’re really pleased to receive this. It’s a very different study on how environmental changes can influence behavior, and it is in line with what nurses and other health care workers do to improve the quality of life for patients with dementia,” Davis added.
Erudite Nursing Institute™ salutes Rebecca Davis, for her outstanding courage and determination to initiate a research breakthrough centering Dementia, Alzheimer’s patients. Through this five year intervention study, certain improvements in the nursing care will soon be realized.
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