The new Dementia Evidence Toolkit has been built on a database of 3,000 journal articles and 700 reviews of research studies. This ambitious and world-leading online resource aims to offer a one-stop “hub” from which to access the latest evidence on “what works” in dementia care and treatment. It has been developed to inform the decisions of commissioners, healthcare workers, patients and their carers.
The Dementia Evidence Toolkit was developed by researchers at the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (PSSRU at LSE). This Toolkit has arisen from the MODEM (Modelling the Outcome and Cost Impacts of Interventions for Dementia) Project, with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The MODEM Project is part of the ESRC and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)’s Improving Dementia Care initiative.
The Dementia Evidence Toolkit essentially offers users two approaches to the evidence:
- The Evidence Database: a searchable database covering over 1345 research studies on interventions for people living with dementia and their carers.
- The Evidence Summaries (aka “Dementia: What Works?”): providing plain-language summaries of published evidence on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of some of the main dementia care and treatment interventions.
“These summaries of interventions currently cover: advance care planning; staff training in assisted living residences (STAR); maintenance cognitive stimulation therapy; cognitive stimulation therapy; music therapy; and START: Strategies for Relatives. Each summary provides a rating for the intervention: did it work, was it cost-effective, and how strong is the evidence”.
Dementia toolkit to help patients, carers and healthcare workers. [Press release]. [Online]: Personal Social Services Research Unit, London School of Economics and Political Science, August 3rd 2016.
Dementia toolkit to help patients, carers and healthcare workers. [Press release]. [Online]: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), August 3rd 2016.