{{ (moduleVm.actions && moduleVm.changeStatus) ? moduleVm.status : '' }} Improving Dementia-Specific Referrals From the Acute Care Setting: A Quality Improvement Project

Activity Steps


Patients with dementia and their families are in vulnerable position within the health care system. This vulnerability is created, in part, by the complexity and trajectory of illness, shortage of qualified providers, and gaps in provider knowledge about available resources. The authors describe a quality improvement project that implemented without any change to staffing or increase in funding. The goal was to increase delivery of dementia resource education and dementia-specific referrals during the discharge planning process. A modest, positive practice change within the care coordination department of the site hospital occurred during and after implementation of this project.

Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education activity you will be able to:

  1. Recognize the impact of dementia on health care systems and on the health and well-being of patients and families.
  2. Summarize information about the study design used to implement and evaluate the authors' QI project.
  3. Describe the influence of the author's QI project on the delivery of dementia-related resources and referrals in hospitalized patients with dementia.

Learning Outcomes

Seventy-five percent of participants will be able to demonstrate knowledge of an acute care setting quality improvement (QI) project to improve the volume of dementia-specific referrals, achieving posttest score of 70% or greater.
Price: $24.95


  • CCMC 1.0 CH

This Continuing Education (CE) activity is provided by Lippincott Professional Development and has been preapproved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) for 1.0 CE contact hours.

Professions: Case Manager
Test Code: PCM0923B CM
Published: Sep/Oct 2023
Expires: 9/1/2024
Required Passing Score: 7/10 (70%)
Authors: Lisamarie La Vallee, DNP-C, MSN, RN, ACM; Jonni L. Johnson, PhD; Kate Shade, PhD, RN
Specialties: Case Management, Neurology