[A version of this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 5, January 2013].
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that Government spending on dementia research will be boosted by two-thirds, with a £22 million cash injection. This money, allocated to the National Institute for Health Research’s “themed dementia call”, will be used on projects in various areas, including improving hospital care for people with dementia and exploring the use of diabetes drugs to treat dementia.
Almost £14 million of this funding will go into projects delivered jointly with the Alzheimer’s Society, including:
- A £2 million study at the University of East Anglia to further improve hospital care for people with dementia.
- £1.4 million for University of Bristol research into using a widely available drug for high blood pressure for the treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease.
- £2.4 million for research into early diagnosis and rehabilitation of people with Alzheimer’s Disease at Bangor University.
- £900,000 funding for research into improving the management of pain for people with dementia.
Government announces £22 million to boost dementia research. London: Alzheimer’s Society, December 21st 2012. (Online Webpage).
Pioneering dementia research projects receive £22 million government boost. London: Department of Health, December 21st 2012. (Online Webpage).
There are 21 projects in five NIHR programmes.
Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme
- Minocycline in Alzheimer’s disease Efficacy Trial: The MADE Trial. (EME 11/47/01).
- Reducing pathology in Alzheimer’s disease through Angiotensin TaRgeting – The RADAR Trial. (EME 11/47/03).
Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme
- Comorbidity and dementia: improving healthcare for people with dementia (CoDem). (HS&DR 11/1017/07).
- The detection and management of pain in patients with dementia in acute care settings: development of a decision tool. (HS&DR 11/2000/05).
- Improving care for people with dementia: development and initial feasibility study for evaluation of Life Story work in dementia care. (HS&DR 11/2000/11).
- A multi-site evaluation of the Person, Interactions & Environment (PIE) tool to improve person-centred care for people with dementia admitted to acute hospital wards. (HS&DR 11/1017/18).
- The prevalence of visual impairment in people with dementia. (HS&DR 11/2000/13).
- Service provision for older people who are homeless and have memory problems. (HS&DR 11/1017/04).
Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme
- Assistive Technology and Telecare to maintain Independent Living At home for people with dementia: The ATTILA Trial. (HTA 10/50/02).
- Goal-oriented cognitive rehabilitation in early-stage Alzheimer’s disease: multi-centre single-blind randomised controlled trial (GREAT). (HTA 11/15/04).
- Evaluating the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) to enable person-centred Care for people with dementia and their carers: A UK cluster randomised controlled trial in care homes (DCM EPIC trial). (HTA 11/15/13).
Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)
- Effective home support in dementia care. Components, impact and costs of tertiary prevention. (DTC-RP-PG-0311-12003).
- Improving the diagnosis and management of dementias of Lewy body type in the NHS (DIAMAND-Lewy). (DTC-RP-PG-0311-12001).
- Peri-operative Enhanced Recovery hip Fracture Care of patients with Dementia: “PERFECTED” project. (DTC-RP-PG-0311-12004).
- Supporting Excellence in End of life care in Dementia via an integrated care pathway (SEED programme). Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. (DTC-RP-PG-0611-20005).
Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme
- Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA reductase inhibition with simvastatin in mechanically ventilated patients at high risk of delirium. (PB-PG-0211-24123).
- Investigation of screening tools for amnestic mild cognitive impairment (a-MCI). (PB-PG-0211-24044).
- Prevention of falls in cognitively impaired older adults living in residential care (PROF-COG). (PB-PG-0211-24140).
- Shared decision making in mild to moderate dementia. (PB-PG-1111-26063).
- Strategies for managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms in Dementia (BPSD) for community dwelling older people: evidence into practice. (PB-PG-0211-24078).
- Using Conversation Analysis in the differential diagnosis of memory problems: a pilot study. (PB-PG-0211-24079).
Full Text Link (Master Projects List)
NHS National Institute for Health Research (2012). Summary of funded Dementia Research Projects: Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme. London: Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN); National Institute for Health Research, December 21st 2012.