Agreement on the use of sensory screening techniques by nurses for older adults with cognitive impairment in long-term care: a mixed-methods consensus approach

  • Walter Wittich, Jonathan Jarry, Fiona Höbler, Katherine S McGilton
  • BMJ Open, September 2019, BMJ
  • DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027803

How to best screen vision and hearing in older adults with dementia

Photo by Steven HWG on Unsplash

Photo by Steven HWG on Unsplash

What is it about?

Given the prevalence of vision and hearing problems among older adults with dementia, we decided to consult with specialists that work in long-term care and with long-term care residents. We obtained their agreement on what they believe are the most suitable sensory screening tools for this population.

Why is it important?

Helping older adults with dementia maximize their vision and hearing will improve their quality of life and will likely contribute to their ability to be engage and stimulated through their environment, in order to slow down the progression of their cognitive decline.


Dr Walter Wittich
Universite de Montreal

It is always a pleasure to collaborate with my colleagues in sensory-cognitive aging research, and during this project this was a special delight because it was the researchers that were the source of our data. I am endlessly grateful for their dedication to make time to contribute to this project.

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