Insomnia in elderly patients is a major problem. This study assessed family nurse practitioner (FNP) students' increase in knowledge of insomnia after taking a 1-hour course. The FNP students received information on the dangerous effect of sleeping medicine with respect to further complications—for example, falls, injuries, and even death of elderly patients. A survey was developed for FNP students regarding understanding of normal physiological changes, medical conditions, and insomnia of elderly patients. The findings indicated that average FNP students developed knowledge of complications related to insomnia and use of prescription drugs. The FNP students decided to avoid prescription medicine for sleep and to encourage their patients to adopt complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapy such as simple walking, yoga, meditation, tai chi, and acupuncture as a first preventive measure in their elderly care.
|Commitee:||Ignat, Sharon, Kumrow, David E.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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