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Publications in the literature on Wandering

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Algase D L (1992)  A century of progress: today’s strategies for responding to wandering behaviour  Journal of Gerontological Nursing 18 (11) 29-34


Algase, D L (1999) Wandering in Dementia Annual Review of Nursing Research 17 185-217

Bail, K. (2003). Devices may be preferable to locked doors. British Medical Journal 326, 281.

Beattie E & Algase DL (2002) Improving table-sitting behaviour of wanderers via theoretical substruction: designing an intervention. Journal of Gerontological Nursing 28 (10) 6-11.


Beattie E R A Algase D L & Song J (2004) Keeping wandering nursing home residents at the table: improving food intake using a behavioural communication intervention Ageing and Mental Health 8 (2) 109-116


Beattie E R A Song J & LaGore S (2005) A comparison of wandering behaviour in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice: An International Journal 19 (2) 181-196


Cantes S and Rigby P (1997)  Freedom to wander safely  Elderly Care 9 (4) 8-9


Cohen-Mansfield J and Billig N (1986)  Agitated behaviours in the elderly: a conceptual review  Journal of the American Geriatric Society  34 711-721


Cohen-Mansfield J and Werner P (1999)   Outdoor wandering parks for persons with dementia: a survey of characteristics and use  Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders 13 (2) 109-117


Cohen-Mansfield J Werner P Culpepper II W J and Barkley D (1997)  Evaluation of an in-service training programme on dementia and wandering  Journal of Gerontological Nursing 23 (10) 40-47


Coles S & Richards K  (2005) Sleep and cognition in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Issues in Mental Health Nursing 26 687-698


Colombo M Vitali S Cairati M Perelli-Cippo R Bessi O Gioia P & Guaita A (2001) Wanders: features, findings and issues Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics Supplement 7 99-106


Cornbleth T (1977)  Effects of a protected hospital ward area on wandering and non-wandering geriatric patients  Journal of Gerontology 32 573-577


Darby S J (1990)  Containing the wanderer  Nursing Times 86 (15) 42-43


David N (1997)  Unlocking the door to better individual care  Journal of Dementia Care Nov/Dec 18-19


Davidhizar R and Cosgray R (1990)  Helping the wanderer  Geriatric Nursing Nov/Dec 280-281


Davis S Laker S & Ellis L (1999) Dignity on the Ward: Promoting excellence in care Good practice in Acute Hospital care for Older People London Help the Aged


Devereaux Melillo K and Futrell M (1998)  Wandering and technology devices  Journal of Gerontological Nursing August 32-39


Dewing J (2000)  Sundowning  Is it A Syndrome or Not? A Literature Review  Journal of Dementia Care 8(6)  34-37


Dewing J (2005) Screening for Wandering and Older Persons with Dementia. Journal of Nursing Older People 17 (3) 20-24

Dewing J (2008) Invited Guest Editorial The right to walk – an older person’s human right. International Journal of Older People’s Nursing (3) 1-2

Hagland K von Knorring L & von Essen L (2006) Psychiatric wards with locked doors - advantages and disadvantages according to nurses and mental health nurse assistants. Journal of Clinical Nursing 15 (4) 387-394


Holmberg S K (1997)  Evaluation of a clinical intervention for wanderers on a geriatric nursing unit  Archives of Psychiatric Nursing 11 (1) 21-28 


Hope R A  Fairburn  C G(1990)  The nature of wandering in dementia: a community based study International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 5 239-245


Hope T and Fairburn C G (1992) The Present Behavioural Examination (PBE) and development of an interview to measure current behavioural abnormalities  Psychological Medicine 22 223-230


Hope T Keene J Fairburn CG Jacoby R and McShane R (1999)  Natural history of behavioural changes and psychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease  British Journal of Psychiatry 174 39-44


Hope T Keene J Gedling K Fairburn C G and Jacoby R (1998)  Predictors of institutionalisation for people with dementia living at home with a carer  International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 13 682-690


Hope T Keene J McShane R Fairburn C G Gelding K  Jacoby R (2001)  Wandering in dementia: a longitudinal study  International Psychogeriatrics 13 (2) 137-147


Keatinge D Scarfe C Bellchambers H McGee J Oakham R Probert C Stewart L Stokes J  (2000)  The manifestation and nursing management of agitation in institutionalised residents with dementia  International Journal of Nursing Practice 6 16-25


Klein D A Steinburg M Galik E Steele C Sheppard J M et al (1999) Wandering behaviour in community-residing persons with dementia  International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 14 272-279


Ingersoll-Dayton B Schroepfer T and Pryce J (1999)  The effectiveness of a solution-focused approach for problem behaviours among nursing home residents  Journal of Gerontological Social Work 32 (3) 49-64


Lai C K Y & Arthur D G (2003) Wandering behaviour in people with dementia Journal of Advanced Nursing 44 (2) 173-182


Mahoney, EK, Volicer, L & Hurley, A C (2000) Management of Challenging Behaviours in Dementia Baltimore Health Professions Press


Price JD Hermans DG Grimley Evans J (2001) Subjective Barriers To Prevent Wandering Of Cognitively Impaired People Cochrane Library Issue 4 Oxford


Robinson, L, Hutchings, D, Corner L, Beyer, F, Dickinson, H Vanoli, A, Finch, T,  Hughes, J, Ballard C, May, C & Bond, A (2006) A systematic literature review of the effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions to prevent wandering in dementia and evaluation of the ethical implications and acceptability of their use The NHS Health Technology Assessment Programme 10(26):1–124 (

Rowe, M., & Bennett, V. (2003) A look at deaths occurring in persons with dementia lost in the community American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Disorders, 18(6), 343-348

Rowe, M. (2003). People with dementia who become lost American Journal of Nursing 103(7), 32-41.

Rowe, M., & Glover, J. (2001) Cognitively impaired individuals who become lost in the community: A descriptive study of Safe Return discoveries American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, 6, 344-352.

Rowe, M. (2000) Monitoring nighttime activity in home-dwelling cognitively-impaired individuals: A case report Internet Journal of Advanced Nursing Practice, 3(2)

Sheehan B Burton E Mitchell l (2006) Outdoor wayfinding in dementia. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice (5) 2 271-281


Stokes G (2001)  Challenging Behaviours in Dementia  Winslow, Bicester


Thomas D W (1997) Understanding the wandering patients  Journal of Gerontological Nursing 23 (1) 16-24



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