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Improving surgical outcomes for people with dementia

  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 02 hrs
  • Last updated: 2022
  • Link to RCNi Revalidation Portfolio

This learning module sets out a suggested care pathway to meet the unique needs of older people with dementia who require surgery. It discusses recognition and assessment of dementia and delirium, issues of capacity and consent, interventions required for optimum care of older people with dementia and peri-operative management. It also explores the role of family and friends in achieving integrated care.


Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to

Diane Loughlin, Lecturer, Adult Health, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland, Hamilton, Scotland.
Margaret Brown, Senior lecturer, Institute of Older Person’s Health and Wellbeing, University of the West of Scotland, Hamilton, Scotland.

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