Research Conducted at the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation
The prime focus at the Bradford Institute for Health Research is on clinically relevant health services research directly addressing the national priorities of elderly care and stroke.
One such research programme is:
Evaluation of the System of Care Known as “Dementia Care Mapping” Within the General Hospital Setting
This research project is summarised as follows (quotation; taken from the Bradford Institute for Health Research website, December 5th 2010):
“Dementia Care Mapping (DCM; Bradford Dementia Group, 2005) is a structured observational practice development tool and process designed to improve person-centred care for people who have dementia in formal care settings. It is grounded in observation of care delivery from the perspectives of individuals receiving it and challenges traditional negative stereotypes of this group. Person-centred care is a key factor in upholding dignity in care (SCIE 2006). Reliable methods to help hospital staff achieve dignity and quality in care for older patients are required, if current concerns are to be effectively addressed (Lothian & Philp 2001; Department of Health 2006 ‘A new ambition of old age’; Young & Sturdy 2004).
DCM has face validity and can improve quality of life for people in mental health settings (Brooker et al 1998, Younger and Martin 2000, Martin and Younger 2001). The DCM method could apply equally well to people who have health conditions other than dementia (Persaud 2006). However, further research is necessary to establish the applicability and efficacy of care mapping to hospital care settings where the culture of care, lengths of stay and logistics of observation are likely to be critically different. An initial study has been conducted to investigate the feasibility and acceptability of the current DCM8 tool on hospital wards for physically ill older people. 58 patients receiving care on three elderly care general hospital wards and in two community hospitals were mapped over a period of 84 hours (414 patient hours). Other data collection methods have included patient interviews, staff questionnaires and two workshops held with clinical staff to obtain their views on DCM for use in hospital. Results are being analysed and prepared for dissemination.”
About the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation
Professor John Young, an elderly care consultant physician and Professor of Elderly Care Medicine, is head of the unit.
Deborah King (Office Manager)
Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation
Bradford Institute for Health Research
Temple Bank House
Bradford Royal Infirmary
Telephone: 01274 383406
Fax: 01274 382766