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Introduction to Research Projects

Our resuarch unit is a research institute dedicated to improve the lives of elderly people. We specialize in research on care for patients with dementia and methods for improving safety and reducing errors in mental hospitals.

1DResearch on care for patients with dementia

We aim to improve the quality of the care for patients who suffer from dementia, as well as educate and support the family members of patients and care staff.

ƒA study on action monitoring of the people with dementia„
 This study has been the focus of research in our laboratory for the past decade.

Our research project uses the IC tag monitoring system to analyze wandering in patients with dementia. Patients whose cognitive functions (such as memory and verbal ability) have decreased cannot complain about their symptoms (such as wandering at night), so we perform an assessment of the patients' condition by monitoring their actions and devising appropriate medical treatment. This project has produced numerous articles and contributed to the improvement of care for those with dementia. We have received numerous grants for this research.

 Title Term  Grant
 Wandering monitoring and fall risk factor of the dementia elderly patient
7days The Mitsubishi Foundation (2004-2005)
 Development of the quality of care evaluation index of the demented elderly people using the IT by the Japan-Korea collaborative research  14days(Koreaj
4months(Japanj
2months(Koreaj
 Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research(B) (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology, 2005-2007)
 Ability development of the staff for assessment improvement of the dementia patient using the IC tags  7months  Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists(B) (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology, 2008-2009)
 Investigation of the wandering trigger factor of the dementia elderly people by real-time monitering  3monthsA 3months  Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research(B) (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology, 2011-2013)


We have collaboraterd with Matrix Co, Osaka, Japan to develop the Inteqrated Circuit (IC) monitoring system to measure wandering quantitatively. Wandering was captured by measuring temporal and special movements of the institutionalized people with dementia. Objective indicators were developed to describe wandering behavior.
In addition to the IC tag monitoring system, we have used several devices to monitor sleep quality and activity patterns. For example, Sleep Scan generates several indicators of sleep quality such as the duration of sleep and sleep latency. Actiwatch measures activity pattern and quality of sleep. And Life Coder is an accelerometer which measures the number of steps and activity pattern.

ƒA Study on the validation of clinical pathway of hospitalized patients with BPSD„
Care for patients with dementia requires the support from the community. A clinical pathway for the continual care of patients with dementia must begin with consultation and planning once a patient is hospitalized. Planning and consultation require multidisciplinary participation. Patients with dementia who receive support from the start of hospitalization have a much easier path to return to the community.

 ƒDevelopment of the early onset dementia care support database for care staff at day service„
Early-onset dementia is dementia that developed in 65 years old or younger. The condition of a patient does not change with old onset, but the influence on life is different. Here, we investigate a laborer of the care of families of the early onset dementia qualitatively and try to make a care database, and to open possibility of the care.


Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists(B) (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology, 2011-2014)

‚QDPatient safety research - analysis of incident reports

We aim to improve the quality of care for people who suffer from dementia, and improve the support system for their families and medical staff.

We analyze incident reports from psychiatry departments of hospitals in Japan. The elderly population is growing significantly in Japan and the same is true of the psychiatry population in Japanese hospitals. Psychiatric patients tends to encounter incidents due to their symptoms and treatment regimen, yet, currentry, there are no effective methods for reducing incidents. In our research, we analize the situation that lead to the incident, the plan of action, related factors to the incident and future measures; and we aim to provide concrete measures for the incident outbreak factor.

 yList of study themesz
EAnalysis of reporting patterns of incident reports about falls in psychiatric general hospitals in Japan.
EAnalysis of reporting patterns of incident reports about medication errors in psychiatric general hospitals in Japan.
EEpidemiological investigation into multiple falls in psychiatric general hospitals in Japan.
EDetailed analysis of incident reports in psychiatric general hospitalsin Japan for the past 12 years.

Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research,Challenging Exploratory Research (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology, 2013-2015)

‚RDOther studies

Study on sexuality of the dementia
Study in the field of QOL and coping
-Study on QOL of THA patient
-Study on coping of RA patient
-Study on coping of Type2 Diabetes patient
Study in the field of infection nursing and risk management
-Study on CAUTI and nursing care
-Surveillance of SSI
-Study on the development of outbreak database of the nosocomial infection
-Literature study on nursing accidents

 

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OSAKA UNIVERSITY
Graduate School of Medicine
Division of Health Sciences

§565-0871
Yamadaoka1-7, Suita, Osaka.
Japan