Patient safety in community dementia services: what can we learn from the experiences of caregivers and healthcare professionals?
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Patients with dementia have complex medical and caregiving needs, and they are at risk for adverse events. This qualitative interview study of caregivers and health care workers identified medication errors, lack of communication among care team members, and caregiver stress as key patient safety concerns for patients with dementia. The authors emphasize the tradeoffs between risk of harm and patient autonomy.