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      Implementation of Mental Health Huddles on Dementia Care Units.

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          Client-responsive behaviours occur commonly among residents in long-term care (LTC) settings; direct-care staff, however, receive little education, support, or opportunities to discuss and collaborate on managing such behaviours. Our participatory action project introduced mental health huddles to support staff in discussing and managing client-responsive behaviours in long-term care. This research project engaged direct-care staff (e.g., personal support workers, registered practical nurses, housekeeping staff, and registered nurses) in learning how to use these huddles. Staff workers used huddles as a forum to stay informed, review work, problem solve, and develop person-centered action plans. Fifty-six huddles occurred over a 12-week period; two to seven direct-care staff participated in each huddle. Focus groups indicated improved staff collaboration, teamwork, support, and communication when discussing specific responsive behaviours. Huddles provided LTC staff with the opportunity to collaborate and discuss strategies to optimize resident care. Further research on how huddles affect resident care outcomes is needed.

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          Journal
          Can J Aging
          Canadian journal on aging = La revue canadienne du vieillissement
          Cambridge University Press (CUP)
          1710-1107
          0714-9808
          Sep 2014
          : 33
          : 3
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Community Health Systems,University of California,San Francisco School of Nursing,San Francisco,CA.
          [2 ] Research,Evaluation & Planning,Family Service Toronto.
          [3 ] Departments of Health Disciplines and Academic Education,Baycrest, University of Toronto.
          [4 ] New York University.
          [5 ] Halton Region Emergency Medical Services,Ontario.
          [6 ] Department of Family and Community Medicine,University of Toronto.
          [7 ] Department of Psychiatry,Baycrest and Faculty of Medicine,University of Toronto.
          Article
          S0714980814000166
          10.1017/S0714980814000166
          26261887
          2bb94080-ac17-4154-ae62-720297d0ca31

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