Stakeholder perspectives of the dementia-friendly hospital: A qualitative descriptive focus group study
Dementia, Ahead of Print.
The term dementia-friendly hospital is increasingly used to describe a variety of initiatives and strategies that are implemented to meet the challenges faced by patients with dementia during hospitalization. However, no definition of the dementia-friendly hospital currently exists. This qualitative focus group study aimed to describe stakeholders’ perspectives of the dementia-friendly hospital. Four stakeholder groups were included: people with dementia, relatives, hospital staff, and representatives from the Danish Alzheimer Association. The thematic analysis suggests that a person-centered approach is a key feature. This approach is described as a continuously reflexive awareness of how to see the person behind the dementia diagnosis. We discuss possible revision of the current dementia discourse and the implications of the findings for future practice and research.