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Enabling Participation in Social Activity: The Meeting Centres Support Programme

Brooker, Dawn ORCID:, Dröes, R.M., Chattat, R., Farina, E., Rymaszewska, J., Meiland, F., Evans, Shirley ORCID: and Henderson, C. (2018) Enabling Participation in Social Activity: The Meeting Centres Support Programme. In: GSA Annual Scientific Meeting 2018, 14th - 18th November 2018, Boston, Massachusetts. (Unpublished)

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MEETINGDEM focussed on the adaptive implementation and evaluation of the successful Dutch Meeting Centres Support Programme (MCSP) for community dwelling people with dementia and their carers. MEETINGDEM took the learning from the Dutch experience to assess whether it would work in Italy, Poland and UK. Each country established at least two Meeting Centres (MC). Implementation facilitators and barriers were inventoried. User satisfaction, cost effectiveness and effectiveness was compared to usual care (UC) and evaluated in a 7 months pre/post controlled trial. 13 MC’s were successfully implemented. Users reported high satisfaction. After six months MC participants showed significant positive effects on QoL (self-esteem, positive affect and feelings of belonging). No significant differences were found for depression or social inclusion. MC carers reported significantly reduced loneliness. MC costs, including intervention costs, were higher than those in the UC group, showing that the benefits of MCSP are associated with additional costs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
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The full-text cannot be supplied for the conference paper. The abstract for the paper has been published in: Innovation in Aging, Volume 2, Issue suppl_1, 1 November 2018, Page 584,

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Dutch Meeting Centres Support Programme, MEETINGDEM, dementia, carers, participation, social activity
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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SWORD Depositor: Prof. Pub Router
Depositing User: Dawn Brooker
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2019 19:09
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2021 04:00

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