Strategies to Improve Radiographic Practices for Patients With Alzheimer's Disease: A Systematic Review

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Abstract

Background Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients are one of the highest health care service users globally. In the context of radiography, there are many AD patients who undergo imaging procedures for common age-related conditions. However, there is currently no literature on how radiographers can effectively manage such patients in imaging situations. Methodology This review examined the literature regarding the interaction between Alzheimer's patients and other health care professionals (eg, nurses) and the strategies that have been used to improve patient compliance and accommodate functional decline. Findings Many strategies relating to care of patients with AD are long term, and cannot be applied in a radiographic setting, where patients may only present once. Transferrable strategies for a radiographic setting include the support of carers during the examination process, a reduction in noise and use of calming music, and allowing the patient to personalize the examination room by bringing a photograph or an item of comfort. Conclusion These simple strategies can reduce the level of anxiety experienced by AD patients, reduce typical behavioral symptoms of agitation, aggression and discomfort, and increase patient cooperation and responsiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-366
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

Keywords

  • Alzheimer disease
  • dementia
  • patient-centered care
  • Radiography
  • systematic review

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