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Predictors of Need-Driven Behaviors in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia and Associated Certified Nursing Assistant Burden

Journal Article
January 1, 2010

Using data from 10 nursing homes in Alabama, this study examines predictors of staff-reported, need-driven behaviors and restiveness to care in nursing home residents with dementia. The results also indicate predictors of certified nursing assistant (CNA) burden.

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Key Takeaways

The "need-driven dementia compromised behavior model" helps explain behavioral expressions in dementia.
Both background and proximal factors can help predict need-driven behaviors in dementia.
Pain plays a key role in triggering resident behaviors and contributing to CNA burden.

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