James Lind Alliance has published the top ten priorities from its Dementia Research Priorities-setting Programme. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this piece of work.
The final top 10 priorities are:
- What are the most effective components of care that keep a person with dementia as independent as they can be at all stages of the disease in all care settings?
- How can the best ways to care for people with dementia, including results from research findings, be effectively disseminated and implemented into care practice?
- What is the impact of an early diagnosis of dementia and how can primary care support a more effective route to diagnosis?
- What non-pharmacological and/or pharmacological (drug) interventions are most effective for managing challenging behaviour in people with dementia?
- What is the best way to care for people with dementia in a hospital setting when they have acute health care needs?
- What are the most effective ways to encourage people with dementia to eat, drink and maintain nutritional intake?
- What are the most effective ways of supporting carers of people with dementia living at home?
- What is the best way to care for people with advanced dementia (with or without other illnesses) at the end of life?
- When is the optimal time to move a person with dementia into a care home setting and how can the standard of care be improved?
- What are the most effective design features for producing dementia friendly environments at both the housing and neighbourhood levels?
Read more about the priorities and background to this programme.