[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 9, April 2012].
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Dementia & Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN) is holding programmes to “increase the volume, quality and impact of dementia research”.
One such programme, specifically the “Enabling Research in Care Homes” (ENRICH) project, is designed to focus on research into care homes. ENRICH has recently issued a toolkit to assist researchers with best practice, tools and advice on preparing and carrying out research.
Dementia affects over 820,000 people in the UK, of whom more than 250,000 live in care homes. The MAGDR “ENRICH (Enabling Research in Care Homes): a toolkit for care home research” report recognises that more research is needed to improve the quality of life and quality of care for people with dementia. A set of actions has been derived.
ENRICH is aimed broadly at the research community, care home staff, residents and relatives seeking information and advice about dementia research in care homes. It should help researchers appreciate the complexities of conducting research in care home settings and offers advice from experts. The site includes a number of case-studies, demonstrating the practicalities of conducting research and how to ensure it yields benefits for homes and residents.
Here is a link to the ENRICH Toolkit website.
NHS National Institute for Health Research (2012). ENRICH (Enabling Research in Care Homes): a toolkit for care home research. London: Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN); NHS National Institute for Health Research, 20112.