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Feasibility study of an optimised person-centred intervention to improve mental health and reduce antipsychotics amongst people with dementia in care homes: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Whitaker, Rhiannon and Ballard, Clive and Stafford, Jane and Orrell, Martin and Moniz-Cook, Esme and Woods, Robert T and Murray, Joanna and Knapp, Martin and Carlton, Barbara Woodward and Fossey, Jane (2013) Feasibility study of an optimised person-centred intervention to improve mental health and reduce antipsychotics amongst people with dementia in care homes: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 14 (1). p. 13. ISSN 1745-6215

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Identification Number: 10.1186/1745-6215-14-13

Abstract

Background: People living in care homes often have complex mental and physical health problems, disabilities and social needs which are compounded by the use of psychiatric and other drugs. In the UK dementia care is a national priority with a vast impact on services. WHELD combines the most effective elements of existing approaches to develop a comprehensive but practical intervention. This will be achieved by training care staff to provide care that is focused on an understanding of the individual and their needs; and by using additional components such as exercise, activities and social interaction to improve mental health and quality of life (QoL) and reduce the use of sedative drugs. Design: Work Package 3 (WP3) is the pilot randomised trial and qualitative evaluation to help develop a future definitive randomised controlled clinical trial. The study design is a cluster randomised 2x2x2 factorial design with two replications in 16 care homes. Each care home is randomized to receive one of the eight possible permutations of the four key interventions, with each possible combination delivered in two of the 16 homes. Each cluster includes a minimum of 12 participants (depending upon size of the care home, the number of people with dementia and the number consenting). Discussion: The overarching goal of the programme is to provide an effective, simple and practical intervention which improves the mental health of, and reduces sedative drug use in, people with dementia in care homes and which can be implemented nationally in all UK care homes as an NHS intervention. Trial Registration: Current controlled trials ISRCTN40313497

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.trialsjournal.com/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Research centres and groups > NIHR School for Social Care Research
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2014 13:57
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2014 12:06
Projects: RP-PG-0608-10133
Funders: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/56401

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