Multiprofessional Care Integration Challenges


Integration of Care focused on the Person with Dementia in Emergencies or Hospitalization

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April 20th 2022 - May 11th 2022
Vera Lopes ( RN, Psychologist) , 
Élia Baeta (MD)
The fulfillment of daily routines and tranquility are the cornerstones of clinical stability in people with cognitive impairment. Therefore, diagnosis and care should preferably be performed at an outpatient setting, keeping the patient at his own environment.

An emergent complication or other illness, implying admission to an emergency department or hospitalization, can be interpreted as threatening and stressful, worsening and decompensating behavioral and cognitive symptoms. The prevention and early treatment of these complications helps to reduce the length of hospital stay, morbidity and associated mortality.

Health professionals must have specific skills to approach and treat people diagnosed with
"dementias". Namely, knowledge about the diagnostic pathway and appropriate treatment. They must be aware of the meaning of certain symptoms and clinical conditions, anesthetic iatrogenic effects and other diagnostic procedures, as well as the right actions to be timely taken, since the admission to discharge planning and continuing outpatient care. Likewise to achieve this purposes it is also important to learn how to adopt a comprehensive, humanistic perspective, centered on the person and the community support conditions in order to contribute to improvement of their quality of life as well as their carers.
  • Internal Medicine physicians, General Practitioners and Nurses working at emergency departments and / or hospitalization.
  • Health care technicians such as Neuropsychologists, Psychologists, Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists, Speech Therapists and Nutrition
  1. Identify signs and symptoms of the main types of dementia
  2. Differentiate dementia from other similar clinical conditions
  3. Identify the main needs of the patient in an emergency situation and in situations of medical and surgical hospitalization
  4. Identify the main complications resulting from the hospital context
  5. Recognize the iatrogenic risks of hospitalization, and drug therapy
  6. Identify the type of pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapy indicated for the treatment of people diagnosed with dementia in a hospital context
  7. Identify the planning stages for early discharge
  8. Reflect critically on the need for a person-centered approach
Curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation for the theme of the course.