Psychosocial support and training for people with dementia

Implementation of a psychosocial programme of support and training for people with dementia and their family care givers

International research has shown that a psychosocial programme to improve self-management skills is effective at maintaining health-related quality of life and well-being amongst caregivers of people with dementia. There is however a lack of UK studies, and limited economic information. This study was conducted to build the evidence base in these areas, and to inform the design of a future, larger, controlled study.

Outcome and Translation

The programme was feasible to implement, and acceptable to participants. The data on health-related quality of life, well-being and costs were used to design a larger controlled study. There is also potential for the intervention to be rolled out and tested amongst other unpaid carers of people with dementia in other areas of Scotland.

HERU researchers involved in this research project: Paul McNamee

External collaborators: M Milders (Heriot-Watt University); A Lorimer, S Bell (NHS Grampian)

Publications

Milders, M., Bell, S., Lorimer, A., Jackson, H. and McNamee, P. (2019) 'Improving access to a multi-component intervention for caregivers and people with dementia', Dementia, 18(1), 347-359.