Nurses' Knowledge and Practices in Cases of Acute and Chronic Confusion: A Questionnaire Survey

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Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study aimed to describe nurses' knowledge and practices toward patients with acute or chronic confusion.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

A cross-sectional design was used, and 249 nurses engaged in clinical practice fulfilled an online self-report questionnaire.

FINDINGS:

Tools for diagnosing acute confusion/delirium are never used by 57.80% of the nurses. Between 80% and 81% of nursing interventions involve managing patients' physical environment and between 62% and 71% deal with managing communication. Theoretical training in the use of tools for assessing and intervening in cases of confusion was significantly associated with nurses' knowledge and practices.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

These results suggest the need for increased investment in nurses' training.

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