A systematic review looking at the effectiveness of Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) as a tool for use in dementia care settings discovered mixed results. Barriers and facilitators in the implementation of DCM in practice are discussed. DCM is appears to be more likely to be implemented successfully when suitably skilled and motivated staff are trained as mappers, with appropriate preparation and ongoing support, and when supported by leadership within organisations which have a pre-existing culture of person-centered care.
“ …further research into the processes and contexts required to ensure successful implementation is required to ensure that investment in DCM is not wasted”. p.175.
Surr, CA. Griffiths, AW. [and] Kelley, R. (2018). Implementing Dementia Care Mapping as a practice development tool in dementia care services: a systematic review. Clinical Interventions in Aging. January 26th 2018; 13: 165-177.