Vocally disruptive behavior.

M. K. White, M. J. Kaas, M. F. Richie

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Vocally disruptive behavior (VDB) is intelligible or unintelligible noise making that may be goal-directed or purposeless. VDB can be conceptualized as a cyclic phenomenon. VDB has been linked to cognitive impairment, poor sleep, requiring assistance with ADLs, and being at high risk for falling. General nursing interventions for VDB include remaining calm, using gentle touch, creating a familiar, home-like environment, and using diversions during ADLs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-29
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of gerontological nursing
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1996


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