Alzheimer Europe location:Brussel date:28-31 may 2009
Background. The large majority of people with dementia lives at home, alone or with their partner. Availability, coherence and continuity of formal and informal care providers are necessary conditions for qualitative care. Integration and cooperation of family caregivers and volunteers, general practitioners, psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, nurses, memory clinics and institutions for elderly care are essential. Besides the disease-diagnosis of dementia, it is extremely important to map the care needs of the patient, and the load and coping capacities of the caregivers. But what other elements should be included in a process of ‘care diagnosis’?
Methods. Performing a Medline-search we found a number of papers in which the authors tried to give a description of care diagnosis. Based on these papers , we selected 26 items which should be included in a care diagnosis. We interviewed relevant stakeholders in dementia care: caregivers, general practitioners, nurses, a geriatric, a neurologist and a psychiatrist. The transcipted data will be analysed a qualitative way to look for key items relevant for a care diagnosis. In a second step the results will beimplemented and avaluated.
Results. We expect the final results of our study in April 2009.
Conclusion. Care diagnosis is a growing field of interest in the domain of dementia care. It is a challenge to describe the necessary elements of care diagnosis. After collecting the data from our interviews, we will present a work document for primary caregivers. The implementation of this document in daily practice and the making of a care plan will be another challenge in dementia care.