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ARRUE, Marta; RUIZ DE ALEGRIA, Begoña; HOYOS, Itziar  y  ZARANDONA, Jagoba. Teaching skills to care for patients with acute confusional syndrome through the Case Method in Nursing. Gerokomos [online]. 2016, vol.27, n.4, pp.136-141. ISSN 1134-928X.

Introduction: Clinical practice as well as scientific literature have shown that handling older patients with delirium or acute confusional syndrome marks a remarkable challenge to the geriatric nurse. Aim: This paper describes the implementation of a Case Method based teaching and learning strategy for acute confusional syndrome care. Method: Data were collected during 2013 at the nursing school of Leioa, University of the Basque Country. All students enrolled on a Geriatric Nursing Course, during the 2nd year 2nd semester of a Nursing Degree Programme, participated in the implementation (n = 71). Results: The results have shown that even though the Case Method requires greatest planning needs in comparison with traditional teaching and involves a new way of thinking about the teaching practice, the results are satisfactory (94.3% have acquired, at least, the minimum required competencies). Conclusions: The Case Method enables students to learn the required abilities to assess and care patients with acute confusional syndrome. In addition, answers the demands of a new way of understanding the teaching role and the quality of education. Likewise, this work helps to close the theory-practice gap, representing an important aim in the nursing education practice and research.

Palabras clave : confusional state; delirium; nursing education; active methodology; case method.

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