Watson, K., Chang, E. & Johnson, A. (2012). The efficacy of complementary therapies for agitation among older people in residential care facilities: A systematic review. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports,10(53), 3414-3486. Australia: Joanna Briggs Institute.
Agitation is recognised by aged care literature as the most common behavioural problem in residential aged care facilities. Complementary therapies are advocated by some as a solution to reduce the effect of agitation in older people and are becoming increasingly incorporating into nursing care. Complementary therapies in nursing management, is endorsed by the Australian Nurses and Midwifery Board for nurse initiation. The review objective was to discover which types of Complementary therapies are being implemented in RACFs for agitation management and which of these therapies where effective in reducing agitation.
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