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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:, Bray, Jennifer ORCID:, Brooker, Dawn ORCID: 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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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.

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.

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.

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

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