Broda, A., Bieber, A., Meyer, G., Hopper, L., Joyce, R., Irving, K., Zanetti, O., Portolani, E., Kerpershoek, L., Verhey, F. and de Vugt, M.

Perspectives of policy and political decision makers on access to formal dementia care: expert interviews in eight European countries

Broda, A., Bieber, A., Meyer, G., Hopper, L., Joyce, R., Irving, K., Zanetti, O., Portolani, E., Kerpershoek, L., Verhey, F. and de Vugt, M.
BMC health services research
2017
This paper by Boda et al. (2017) reports on a piece of work carried out as part of the Access to Timely Formal Care (ActifCare) project.
Interviews with policy makers and political decision makers were completed across eight countries to establish their perspectives on access to formal care for people with dementia and their carers. A key theme to emerge was the need for a co-ordination role to help people navigate the care system. Access to information was also identified as an essential precursor to accessing services. Experts were agreed that formal services should be person centred, tailored to individual needs and multidisciplinary. Public awareness was also identified with experts highlighting the need for educational and mass media campaigns targeting improved awareness and a reduction in stigma. The authors conclude that the experts are well acquainted with current discussions and approaches to improving dementia care.
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