Promoting mental health in older people admitted to hospitals
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Promoting mental health in older people admitted to hospitals

Bernie Keenan Senior lecturer, Birmingham City University, West Midlands Institute for Ageing and Health
Catharine Jenkins Senior lecturer, Birmingham City University
Louise Denner Practice development nurse, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Margaret Harries Lead nurse, Older adults, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Kay Fawcett Chief nurse, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Lisa Magill Practice development nurse, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Sue Atkins Dignity, Care clinical educator, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Juliet Miller Dignity, Care clinical educator, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Mental health problems are common in older people admitted to general hospitals. With an increasing ageing population, admissions will rise and nurses will be expected to manage patients’ co-existing mental health problems as well as physical problems. This article explores potential strategies for the management of patients with depression, delirium and dementia. The emphasis is on improving quality of care for this group of vulnerable patients.

Nursing Standard. 25, 20,46-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.01.25.20.46.c8276

Correspondence

bernie.keenan@bcu.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review