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The essential features of meeting centres: development of the UK criteria for community support for people affected by dementia

Evans, Shirley ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6158-1433, Bray, Jennifer ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1315-7643, Brooker, Dawn ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8636-5147 and Stephens, Nathan (2022) The essential features of meeting centres: development of the UK criteria for community support for people affected by dementia. Working with Older People. ISSN Print: 1366-3666 Online: 2042-8790

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Abstract

Purpose
Meeting centres (MCs) are a complex community-based psychosocial intervention to support people affected by dementia. The purpose of this paper is to describe the process of identifying the essential features of MCs from a UK perspective.

Design/methodology/approach
The essential features were examined within a concept analysis framework, which combines both static and evolutionary methods, enabling multiple stakeholder groups to be included in the process in an iterative manner.

Findings
Eleven essential features were developed, providing a conceptual model of the UK MCs. The underpinning rationale is sufficiently flexible to enable community-based development, while at the same time providing a robust platform upon which to build the evidence base.

Originality/Value
While some features may be common to other types of community-based support, the combination of characteristics and the underpinning ethos differentiates MCs and enables each one to meet the needs of its own community.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Family carers, People living with dementia, Concept analysis, Community support, Meeting centres, Post-diagnostic intervention
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Copyright Info: Copyright © 2022, Emerald Publishing Limited
Depositing User: Jennifer Bray
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2022 12:40
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2022 15:28
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/12418

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