An Observational Study of Agitation in Agitated Nursing Home Residents

Jiska Cohen-Mansfield*, Marcia S. Marx

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Direct observations of 24 highly agitated, cognitively impaired nursing home residents were performed during each hour of the 24-hour day for 2–3 months. Results showed that agitated behaviors (in particular, strange noises, requests for attention, repetitious mannerisms, picking at things, strange movements, and pacing) were manifested at very high frequencies. The data also showed that daytime agitation was positively related to nighttime agitation. Patterns of agitation were specific to each resident, an important finding for future research and intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-165
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Psychogeriatrics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1989
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
National Institute of Mental HealthR01MH040758


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