This article introduces the European Union’s joint action to share knowledge about dementia and health policy in Europe to promote the health, quality of life, autonomy and dignity of people living with dementia and their carers / families. 19 countries are participating in the project, with findings being published in 2013.
The 24-month ALCOVE initiative was divided into the following four steps: (1) collection of existing information, (2) analysis of this information and comparison across Member States, (3) identification of evidence, needs, and priorities, (4) recommendations and their dissemination. The project’s recommendations focus on the collection of clinical and epidemiological data, diagnostic assessments, approaches to the treatment of behavioural disorders, limiting antipsychotic use, and competence assessments.
Barr, C. Riolacci-Dhoyen, N. [and] Galbraith, M. [et al] (2012). Sharing knowledge to advance healthcare policies in Europe for people living with dementia and their carers: the ALCOVE project. Archives of Public Health (Archives Belges de Santé Publique), August 28th 2012, Vol.70(1), 21, pp.1-6. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
Video Updates on the Cross-European ALCOVE Dementia Project
A number of online videos summarise project aims and progress to date:
- ALCOVE General Presentation. Dr. Armelle Leperre Desplanques: ALCOVE Coordinator (France).
- Tools & Results of the ALCOVE Joint Action dissemination. Prof. Tomas López-Peña Ordoñez: Work Package 2 Leader; “Dissemination” (Spain).
- Internal Evaluation & Impact of the ALCOVE Joint Action. Prof. Michal Novak: Work Package 3; Leader “Evaluation” (Slovakia).
- Dementia data sources in Europe. Dr. Angela Giusti: Work Package 4; “Epidemiology” (Italy).
- Better dementia prevalence estimation in Europe. Dr. Catherine Helmer: Work Package 4; “Epidemiology” (France).
- What ALCOVE means by promoting timely diagnosis. Prof. Dawn Brooker
Work Package 5 leader; “Timely Diagnosis” (United Kingdom)
- Importance of reducing antipsychotics in dementia. Dr. Karim Saad: Work Package 5; “Timely Diagnosis” (United Kingdom).
- A comprehensive strategy for BPSD proposed by ALCOVE. Prof. Pierre Krolak-Salmon Work Package 6; “Support systems for BPSD” (France).
- Respecting the rights & autonomy of people living with dementia. Dr. Bénédicte Gombault; Work Package 7 “Ethics” (Belgium).
ALCOVE is funded by the European Commission’s Public Health Programme.
Read more and view all the videos.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].