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Person-centred Environment and Care for Residents with Dementia: A Cost-effective Approach to Improving Quality

Project Member(s): Stein-Parbury, M., Haas, M.

Funding or Partner Organisation: National Health & Medical Research Council (Dementia Research Grants Program)

Start year: 2007

Summary: Improving the quality of life (QOL) and quality of care for persons with dementia are important areas of Australian health research. A growing body of evidence shows that QOL in dementia can be improved by relatively simple and inexpensive modifications to nursing care practices and the physical environment. Most studies in these areas are observational, few have utilized a randomized control group design, and none has included economic evaluation. This study will address these deficiencies. This is the first time that a randomized controlled trial of Person-Centred Care (PCC) and Person-Centred Environment Design (PCD) will be undertaken. The study will be conducted in 40 residential aged care services in New South Wales, to determine the efficacy and cost effectiveness of implementing PCC and PCD separately, and in combination, in improving resident quality of life and quality of care

Publications:

Chenoweth, L, Jeon, Y-H, Stein-Parbury, J, Forbes, I, Fleming, R, Cook, J, Cheah, S, Fletcher, S & Tinslay, L 2015, 'PerCEN trial participant perspectives on the implementation and outcomes of person-centered dementia care and environments', INTERNATIONAL PSYCHOGERIATRICS, vol. 27, no. 12, pp. 2045-2057.
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FOR Codes: Residential Construction Design, Nursing, Aged Care Nursing, Interior Design, Evaluation of Health Outcomes