A pan-European study of dementia by a stellar team of European researchers from the UK, Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Estonia and Spain titled 'Predicting institutional long-term care admission in dementia: a mixed-methods study of informal caregivers’ reports' has recently been published in JAN. The study is published on behalf of the RightTimePlaceCare consortium.
The study by Efram et al. (2014) had two aims, to investigate agreement between:
- expected reasons and actual reasons for admission of people with dementia according to informal caregivers
- scores on measurement instruments prior to admission and the actual reasons for admission according to informal caregivers.
The investigators wanted to know if informal carers were a reliable source of information on whether of not an older person with dementia in their care required admission to long-term care. The results were promising; in the words of the authors: 'Informal caregivers can be considered reliable sources of information regarding what causes the admission of a person with dementia. Professional care should anticipate informal caregivers’ statements and collaborate with them to strive for timely and appropriate admission.'
Afram B, Verbeek H, Bleijlevens MHC, Challis D, Leino-Kilpi H, Karlsson S, Soto ME, Renom-Guiteras A, Saks K, Zabalegui A, Hamers JPH on behalf of the RightTimePlaceCare consortium (2014) Predicting institutional long-term care admission in dementia: a mixed-methods study of informal caregivers’ reports Journal of Advanced Nursing doi: 10.1111/jan.12479