Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2017

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department

Social Work

Additional Affiliations

Brown School of Social Work

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Type



Older adults with dementia are particularly vulnerable to negative outcomes and adverse events when they transition between healthcare settings such as being discharged from the hospital. However, little is known about how healthcare providers help patients prepare for a care transition – known as transitional care – among older adults with dementia. Therefore, this study sought to understand the transitional care currently delivered by hospital healthcare providers to older adults with dementia, how it compared to that received by older adults without dementia, and how it varied across different patient and provider characteristics. Guided by key provider/informant interviews and theory, a medical chart review of older adults with dementia was conducted. Results revealed that while some transitional care actions, such as discharge planning, are delivered to a majority of patients other actions such as patient education are delivered only to a minority. Future research should assess whether this variation is associated with outcomes such as hospital readmission and patient and caregiver satisfaction.


English (en)

Chair and Committee

Enola Proctor

Committee Members

Christopher Carpenter, Vanessa Fabbre, Nancy Morrow-Howell, Margaret Olsen,


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