GEAR Publications & Manuscripts

Emergency Department Communication in Persons Living With Dementia and Care Partners

A Scoping Review

Christopher R. Carpenter MD, MSc, Jesseca Leggett BS, Fernanda Bellolio MD, MSc, Marian Betz MD, MPH, Ryan M. Carnahan PharmD, MS, David Carr MD, Michelle Doering MLS, Jennie Chin Hansen RN, MS, Eric D. Isaacs MD, Deborah Jobe BS, Kathleen Kelly MPA, Nancy Morrow-Howell MSW, PhD, Beth Prusaczyk PhD, MSWl, Bob Savage BA, Joe Suyama MD, Allan S. Vann EdD, Kristin L. Rising MD, MSHP, Ula Hwang MD, MPH, Manish N. Shah MD, MPH, and the Geriatric Emergency care Applied Research 2.0 Network

Pages 1313.e15-1313.e46 | August 2022 |

Research exploring ED communication with persons living with dementia is sparse and does not directly evaluate specific communication strategies. This GEAR 2.0-ADC scoping review explored published research on emergency department communication strategies and decision-making with persons living with dementia and their care partners. A systematic electronic search of medical research databases for relevant publications revealed that PLWD and their care partners often feel rushed in ED communication, often exacerbated by inconsistent messages between providers. Research exploring ED communication needs to prioritize defining barriers and facilitators of effective communication and validate outcome measures associated with improved information exchange.