The complex needs of psychogeriatric patients and their families require specialized outpatient psychogeriatric services. The interaction of physical and mental health and the need for coordinated care places important responsibilities on nursing because it contributes to integrated, multidisciplinary care delivery to these patients and their families. This article presents a model of outpatient psychogeriatric nursing services focused on the community integration of patients and families. Experiences in the development of the Geriatric Neuropsychiatry Clinic at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, are used as the point of departure from which to describe a model of outpatient psychogeriatric nursing care delivery that is multidisciplinary, clinically innovative, and epidemiologically justified.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Phychiatric Mental Health