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Evaluation of the Meeting Center Support Programme for People with Dementia and Their Family Carers

Evans, Shirley ORCID:, Brooker, Dawn ORCID:, Dröes, R.M., Meiland, F., Rymaszewska, J., Szcześniak, D., Chattat, R. and Farina, E. (2017) Evaluation of the Meeting Center Support Programme for People with Dementia and Their Family Carers. In: 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress, 23rd - 27th July 2017, San Francisco. (Unpublished)

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The Meeting Centre Support Programme (MCSP) is a
community-based approach to supporting people with mild
to moderate dementia and their families, developed in the
Netherlands where they are now widespread. Evaluation
studies showed benefits including reduced behavioural and
mood problems, delayed admission to residential care, higher
levels of carer competence and lower levels of burden. The
JPND funded MeetingDem project aimed to implement and
evaluate Meeting Centres in the UK, Italy and Poland.
Our evaluation adopted a before and after control group
design with matched patient-carer dyads. In each country we
compared a minimum of 25 dyads using the MCSP with 25
receiving ‘usual care. Baseline data were collected at month 1
with a follow up at month 7. Validated measures were used
to assess quality of life, depression, social support and caregiver
competence. Data were also collected on intervention
costs and the use of other services in order to allow a cost effectiveness analysis. Finally, surveys and focus groups were
used to evaluate user satisfaction with the MCSP.
Initial findings suggest significant effects for MCSP compared
to usual care, including reduced behavioural problems
and improved caregiver coping. This presentation will
describe the MCSP approach, present the full evaluation findings
and consider the potential for wider implementation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Additional Information:

The abstract for the conference presentation has been published in Innovation in Aging, Volume 1, Issue suppl_1, 1 July 2017, Page 343,

The full-text of the conference paper cannot be supplied.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Meeting Centre Support Programme, MCSP. mild dementia, moderate dementia, patients, care givers, carers
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Shirley Evans
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2019 18:47
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2021 04:00

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