Development of a Communication Focused Module on Person-centered Care
This project is the third phase of a study on personhood and effective communication with persons with dementia.In this phase, the objective is to develop an intervention protocol for nursing home staff on communication behaviors that are person-centered. Conversations (n=46) between 13 staff-residents dyads over 12 weeks have been transcribed and coded for twice: (1) for person-centered communication and for language-based strategies
that have been recommended as successful or effective with persons with dementia. The next step is to examine the overlap between utterances that are person-centered and effective language-based strategies. This overlap will serve as the basis for the development of the intervention protocol. Another critical component of intervention development is to conduct a thorough literature review of (a) communication interventions in long-term care
settings, and (b) studies on person-centered care in long-term care settings.