The issue of sexual relations in nursing homes between patients with Alzheimer-related dementia is in ward practice largely characterized by confusion and ignorance. Staff are seriously conflicted on how to respond and almost totally untrained on the subject. Patients are being mistreated and humiliated. Central to this state of affairs is insufficient awareness of the ethical and human rights elements in nursing care. Two case studies illustrate the practical dilemmas nurses must solve. A decision-making process is set out to reach an ethical and practical conclusion. Recommendations for action by nurses, the nursing profession, nursing home owners, and policy-makers are given.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We address the problem of robust, global, delay-dependent and delay-independent stabilization of nonlinear time-delay systems with memory state feedback. The methodology we use is based on a linear-like representation of the time-delay system for which we construct appropriate Lyapunov-Krasovskii functionals. The resulting conditions take the form of infinite-dimensional state-dependent Linear Matrix Inequalities which can be treated as sum of squares matrices. The sum of squares program that emerges can then be solved using semidefinite programming and SOSTOOLS, which results in an algorithmic construction of the control law and the Lyapunov-Krasovksii functional. An example is presented that shows the effectiveness of the methodology.
Decision and Control, 2005 and 2005 European Control Conference. CDC-ECC '05. 44th IEEE Conference on; 01/2006
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