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Not Re-inventing the Wheel: the Adaptive Implementation of the Meeting Centres Support Programme in Four European Countries

Mangiaracina, F., Chattat, R., Farina, E., Saibene, F.L., Gamberini, G., Brooker, Dawn, Evans, Simon, Evans, Shirley, Szczesniak, D., Urbanska, K., Rymaszewska, J., Hendriks, I., Dröes, R.M. and Meiland, F.J.M (2017) Not Re-inventing the Wheel: the Adaptive Implementation of the Meeting Centres Support Programme in Four European Countries. Ageing & Mental Health, 21 (1). pp. 40-48. ISSN Print: 1360-7863 Online: 1364-6915

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Objectives: The implementation of new health services is a complex process. This study investigated the first phase of the adaptive implementation of the Dutch Meeting Centres Support Programme (MCSP) for people with dementia and their carers in three European countries (Italy, Poland, the UK) within the JPND-MEETINGDEM project. Anticipated and experienced factors influencing the implementation, and the efficacy of the implementation process, were investigated. Findings were compared with previous research in the Netherlands. Method: A qualitative multiple case study design was applied. Checklist on anticipated facilitators and barriers to the implementation and semi-structured interview were completed by stakeholders, respectively at the end and at the beginning of the preparation phase. Results: Overall, few differences between countries were founded. Facilitators for all countries were: added value of MCSP matching needs of the target group, evidence of effectiveness of MCSP, enthusiasm of stakeholders. General barriers were: competition with existing care and welfare organizations and scarce funding. Some countries experienced improved collaborations, others had difficulties finding a socially integrated location for MCSP. The step-by-step implementation method proved efficacious. Conclusion: These insights into factors influencing the implementation of MCSP in three European countries and the efficacy of the step-by-step preparation may aid further implementation of MCSP in Europe

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ageing & Mental Health on 16/12/2016, available online:

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Uncontrolled Keywords: implementation, process analysis, dementia, combined support for people with dementia and caregivers, psychosocial interventions
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Zuleika Sankey
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2017 09:58
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2019 07:43

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