Online module

Information gathering & bedside tests

45 mins

1 week

Cost free

Certificate of Completion

Information gathered through carer or patient interview and simple bedside tests can significantly impact your ability to provide high quality care on a day-to-day basis, to your patients who have dementia.

Cost free

This module has prerequisite requirements

Further details below

Suitable for people working in:

Primary Care , Acute Care

This module is part of the course:

The view from here - acute care

Information gathering & bedside tests

Information gathering & bedside tests


Information gathering & bedside tests focuses on information obtained through (carer or patient) interview or simple bedside tests that can assist with providing care.

You will learn about the information nurses need to gather initially (such as personal history and biography) and also routinely throughout the person's hospital stay, relevant to their functional performance and ability to participate in care.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • recognise that information gathering is related to successful care of the patient with dementia and management of their behavioural symptoms
  • identify and use informal tools for information gathering about the patient’s personal history and current functional status
  • administer at least three bedside tests
  • identify how you would include information from bedside tests in patient progress notes

Continuing Professional Education

A completion certificate for CPD credit is awarded upon successful completion of this module.


The View from Here was developed by:

  • Frederick Graham, Metro South Health
  • Sandra Jeavons, Elizabeth Miles and Prof Elizabeth Beattie, Dementia Training Australia, QUT

It is based on a face-to-face education program of the same name previously developed by Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre 1.

The View from Here has been reviewed by clinicians and academics with expertise in dementia care in acute care settings, delirium management and learning design.

The View from Here was developed with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.

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