Join us live at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 20, (Live broadcasts subject to change — stay tuned) when Dr. Bill Thomas will interview the co-author of a recent study examining the effectiveness of patient-centered approaches to Dementia care for older adults on RealCareNowTV at PickerReport.org.
The study by David Edvardsson, PhD, of the University of Umea, Sweden, identified and examined 12 tools that can be used to measure the effectiveness of patient-centered Dementia care used in hospitals, nursing homes, home care and other settings.
The study, Measuring Person-centered Care: A Critical Comparative Review of Published Tools, was published in the latest edition of The Gerontologist. ChangingAging is seeking permission to share the article, which is free for Gerontological Society of America members and $32 for the rest of us. It’s a sad irony that this research is not publicly available as the conclusion calls for much broader application of these tools. The paper found that many of the most promising tools available for measuring the effectiveness of Dementia care have not been applied in research settings since being developed:
We have demonstrated a growing number of innovative, useable, psychometrically robust tools; however, a limitation of this body of research is that most of the tools have not been used in actual research since the development period. In light of the commonly posed argument that person-centered care represents best practice in the care of older people and people with dementia, the emergence of measures for empirical studies of person-centered care is a welcome addition to the literature. These tools can be used to further explore if and to what extent this form of care actually improves and/or correlates with desirable health outcomes for older people and people with dementia and their family members.
The paper also found that the voices of people with dementia are not being heard:
The voice of the person with dementia is still absent to a large extent in the available tools, and further work is required on tools that are designed to engage directly with the viewpoints of people with dementia.
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