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Effects of clinical supervision on nurse-patient cooperation quality - A controlled study in dementia care.

  • Anna-Karin Edberg
  • Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
  • Lars Gustafson
Publishing year: 1996
Language: English
Pages: 127-146
Publication/Series: Clinical Nursing Research
Volume: 5
Issue: 2
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: SAGE Publications

Abstract english

An intervention consisting of individualized planned care for patients and regular clinical systematic supervision for nurses was carried out on a ward for dementia care (the experimental ward, EW). On a similar control ward (CW), no changes were made. Observations of nurse-patient cooperation during morning care were collected at both wards, before and during the intervention. The observations (N = 107) were analyzed blindly and sorted into already-developed categories. The distribution of the cooperation-style categories was then analyzed statistically. The patients who survived throughout the study period (N = 18) were also compared over time. Nurse-patient cooperation at the EW improved significantly during the intervention period, whereas, at the CW, it deteriorated (p = .02). Status of surviving patients followed the same pattern (p = .001). The findings indicate that such interventions can improve the quality of nurse-patient cooperation in dementia care.


  • Geriatrics
  • Nursing
  • Psychiatry


  • ISSN: 1054-7738
Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
E-mail: ingalill [dot] rahm_hallberg [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Professor emerita

Health-promoting Complex Interventions