Hearing and vision screening tools for long-term care residents with dementia: protocol for a scoping review

  • Katherine S McGilton, Fiona Höbler, Jennifer Campos, Kate Dupuis, Tammy Labreche, Dawn M Guthrie, Jonathan Jarry, Gurjit Singh, Walter Wittich
  • BMJ Open, July 2016, BMJ
  • DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011945

How to detect vision or hearing loss in older adults with dementia

Photo by Eepeng Cheong on Unsplash

Photo by Eepeng Cheong on Unsplash

What is it about?

We are reviewing the scientific literature in order to learn what is known about screening tools for vision and hearing loss that can be used in older adults that have any form of dementia. Most screening tools for sensory loss are not necessarily useable with dementia patients, and we are planning to develop a measure that can be used with this population.

Why is it important?

As the population demographics are shifting, more older adults with dementia receive care; however, age-related vision and hearing loss can have the same symptoms as dementia and it is not always obvious to separate one from the other. Therefore, we need to develop suitable sensory screening tools that can be used with dementia patients, in order to identify individuals that require sensory rehabilitation services and appropriate referral.


Dr Walter Wittich
Universite de Montreal

Here, we present the protocol for our study, and we expect that the preliminary results will be available and published during 2017.

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