A feasibility study of translating "Living Well with Dementia" groups into a primary care improving access to psychological therapy service (innovative practice)

Cheston, R. and Howells, L. (2016) A feasibility study of translating "Living Well with Dementia" groups into a primary care improving access to psychological therapy service (innovative practice). Dementia, 15 (2). pp. 273-278. ISSN 1471-3012 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/25445

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1471301215582104

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Background and Aims: this study reports on a feasibility trial in which the LivDem model of group support for people affected by dementia was trialled within a Primary Care, IAPT setting. Methodology: five people affected by dementia and their carers were recruited into the study, although one man withdrew before the start due to illness. Joint sessions were held on the first and the final meetings, with parallel group sessions for people affected by dementia and their carers for the remaining eight sessions. One person affected by dementia and their carer withdrew due to illness before the end of the sessions. Results: a self-report measure of Quality of Life suggested improvements for two of the three people affected by dementia who completed all of the sessions. The proxy ratings of carers indicated improvements for all three participants. Qualitative interviews were carried out with participants and carers to assess acceptability. Discussion: the improvement in QoL-AD scores of participants are consistent with that found for the LivDem intervention within secondary care. At the same time, concerns remain about the fit between the LivDem intervention and the way in which Primary care psychology is structured particularly if therapists are not actively supported by a dementia specialist and if a parallel carers’ group is not run.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:View online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1471301215582104
Uncontrolled Keywords:dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, group psychotherapy, recovery, psychosocial interventions
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
ID Code:25445
Deposited By: Professor R. Cheston
Deposited On:21 Apr 2015 12:20
Last Modified:21 Mar 2016 22:51

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