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Evaluation of the implementation of the Meeting Centres Support Program in Italy, Poland and the UK; exploration of the effects on people with dementia

Brooker, Dawn, Evans, Simon, Evans, Shirley, Bray, Jennifer, Saibene, Francesca Lea, Scorolli, Claudia, Szcześniak, Dorota, D'Arma, Alessia, Urbańska, Katarzyna, Atkinson, Teresa, Farina, Elisabetta, Rymaszewska, Joanna, Chattat, Rabih, Henderson, Cate, Rehill, Amritpal, Hendriks, Iris, Meiland, Franka and Dröes, Rose-Marie (2018) Evaluation of the implementation of the Meeting Centres Support Program in Italy, Poland and the UK; exploration of the effects on people with dementia. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 33 (7). pp. 883-892. ISSN 0885-6230

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Objectives MEETINGDEM investigated whether the Dutch Meeting Centres Support Programme (MCSP) could be implemented in Italy, Poland and the UK with comparable benefits. This paper reports on the impact on people living with dementia attending pilot Meeting Centres in the three countries. Methods Nine pilot Meeting Centres (MCs) participated (Italy-5, Poland-2, UK-2). Effectiveness of MCSP was compared to usual care (UC) on outcomes measuring behavioural and psychological symptoms (NPI), depression (CSDD) and quality of life (DQoL, QOL-AD), analysed by ANCOVAs in a 6 month pre-test/post-test controlled trial. Results Pre/post data were collected for 85 people with dementia and 93 carers (MCSP) and 74 people with dementia /carer dyads’ receiving UC. MCSP showed significant positive effects for DQoL [Self-esteem (F=4.8, p=0.03); Positive Affect (F=14.93, p<0.00); Feelings of Belonging (F=7.77, p=0.01)] with medium and large effect sizes. Higher attendance levels correlated with greater neuropsychiatric symptom reduction (rho=0.24, p=0.03) and a greater increase in feelings of support (rho=0.36, p=0.001). Conclusions MCSPs showed significant wellbeing and health benefits compared to UC, building on the evidence of effectiveness from the Netherlands. In addition to the previously reported successful implementation of MCSP in Italy, Poland and the UK, these findings suggest that further international dissemination of MCSP is recommended.

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Additional Information: © 2018 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2018 10:26
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2024 19:18
Projects: HC‐559‐018, ES/L00920X/1
Funders: EU Joint Program ‐ Neurodegenerative Disease Research, Italy, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Netherlands, ZonMw, Poland, Narodowe Centrum Badan i Rozwoju, UK, Economic and Social Research Council, National Centre for Research Methods, University of Southampton

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