Qualitative Analysis of Health Care Protocols for Patients with Cognitive Impairments
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In 2015, the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices developed a protocol for caring for patients with cognitive impairments. However, the literature indicates there are still problems in implementing this protocol effectively. A qualitative analysis interview study was used to gather a wide range of perspectives and responses concerning the current problems with health care protocols used to care for patients with cognitive impairments. Both medical professionals and family members of patients with cognitive impairments were interviewed. Problems identified included: communication difficulties, the role of the caretaker, medication, and the importance of advanced care planning and education. The problems identified highlighted possible areas for future study.