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The relation between autonomy and well-being of nursing home residents with dementia: a systematic review

Natrop, L. (2017) The relation between autonomy and well-being of nursing home residents with dementia: a systematic review.

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Abstract:Research on elderly people suggests that autonomy is related to their well-being. However, these findings are mostly based on studies conducted with older adults in general. Elderly people with dementia tend to be more vulnerable to experience lower levels of autonomy, especially when they live in a nursing home. The aim of the systematic review was to give an overview of studies that focused on the relation between autonomy and well-being of nursing home residents with dementia. The study also tried to analyze how autonomy and well-being were assessed in current research. By searching three databases a total of eight studies were identified. All of the included studies showed a positive relation between autonomy and well-being. Autonomy was mainly assessed through residents’ independence in Activities of Daily Living and well-being through Quality of Life measurements. The systematic review provides support for a positive relation between autonomy and well-being of nursing home residents with dementia and extends existing findings about the relation between autonomy and well-being of residents without dementia. The present study contributes to a better understanding of how autonomy and well-being were assessed and supplies practical implication for future research in this field. Keywords: Dementia; Nursing home; Autonomy; Well-being
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72031
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