Case managers improve outcomes for people with dementia and their carers

Review supports the role of professional case managers by showing improvements in patient behaviour and caregiver burden | BMC Health Services Research | via National Institute for Health Research

Using a case manager to coordinate health and social care improves the challenging behaviour of people with dementia and reduces the burden on caregivers. Quality of life of caregivers improves the most when case managers have a professional background in nursing.

This NIHR-funded review compared the effectiveness of standard community treatment and interventions with case managers overseeing the interventions for people living with dementia. It considered evidence from 14 trials in a number of countries, with different health systems and support. Care coordination is variable across the UK, but this is often not provided by a qualified professional, so they are not able to develop and update the care plan.

Though the review did not provide strong evidence of effectiveness regarding hospitalisation or death, it does highlight the benefits of having a care coordinator with a background in nursing for improving quality of life.

Further detail at National Institute for Health Research

Full reference: Backhouse, A et al. | The effectiveness of community-based coordinating interventions in dementia care: a meta-analysis and subgroup analysis of intervention components |BMC Health Services Research |  Volume 17 , 2017

 

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