PMID: 40446Jul 1, 1979

Therapy groups with patients and nursing staff in a geriatric hospital (author's transl)

Aktuelle Gerontologie
P Warschawski, F Huber


Within a very short time the non-demented, chronically hospitalized old person turns into a hospital-activity-oriented patient. He thereby gives up a considerablle part of his personality. In order to understand this process, special attention has to be paid to the intertwining of the dynamics of the chronic geriatric patient with the dynamics of the nursing staff. As a therapy experiment we have been conducting parallel talk-groups with patients and with their nursing staff for one year. As a result, the patients showed increased activity, increased dynamism, improved contact ability, increased interest in the outside world, and improved affect. The nursing staff also reported improvement of the group-patients' condition on the floor. With the nursing staff we found a reduction of the defensive mechanisms, a separation from old nursing-role definitions, acceptance and encouragement of the patients in their new role, and improved satisfaction with patient contact. On the other hand, the nursing staff expects more personal contact to come from the patients. The groups have shown to be useful and have to a large extent reached the therapy goals.

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Geriatric Patients
Nurse-Patient Relations
Social Isolation
Special Hospital
Group Therapy

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