Improving care for people with dementia: development and initial feasibility study for evaluation of life story work in dementia care

Source: Health Services and Delivery Research

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Date of publication: August 2016

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: A mixed-methods feasibility study showing that good practices in life story work (LSW) affected positive changes in staff attitudes towards dementia and, for some people with dementia, improvements in QoL. “These potential benefits require full evaluation. The feasibility work established the likely costs of LSW and highlighted the challenges of future evaluation in care homes and inpatient dementia care settings. LSW is used across different health and social care settings in England, but in different ways, not all of which reflect ‘good practice’. This large, complex study identified a wide range of challenges for future research, but also the possibility that LSW may help to improve care staff attitudes towards dementia and QoL for some people with dementia.”

 

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