Care Interventions for Individuals with Dementia and Their Caregivers
Research on care interventions for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, as well as on interventions aimed at their caregivers, has expanded tremendously in recent years. And, some care-related programs are starting to be disseminated and more broadly implemented. Despite important progress in this domain, however, there remain gaps in understanding. The National Institute on Aging has initiated a study with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to take stock of the current state of knowledge and inform decision making about which care interventions for individuals with dementia and their caregivers are ready for dissemination and implementation on a broad scale.
This study will take place in two phases. In the first phase of this study, an ad hoc National Academies committee will provide input into the design of an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) systematic review of evidence on effective care-related interventions for people with dementia and their caregivers. The AHRQ systematic review will examine care interventions relevant to Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and it will consider outcomes such as health outcomes, quality of life and experiences of the people with dementia and their caregivers, and utilization of services. In an anticipated second phase, the ad hoc committee would reconvene to consider the evidence found in the AHRQ systematic review and develop a report that informs decision making about which care interventions are supported by sufficient evidence to be widely disseminated and implemented.
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