CONNOLLY, S.

The impact of reminiscence on the quality of life of residents with dementia in long-stay care

O'SHEA, E., DEVANE, D., COONEY, A., CASEY, D., JORDAN, F., HUNTER, A., MURPHY, E., NEWELL, J., CONNOLLY, S., MURPHY, K.
International journal of geriatric psychiatry
2014

In the context of increasing recognition of the potential value of reminiscence in maintaining or improving quality of life, O’Shea et al.

(2014) evaluated the effectiveness of a structured education-based reminiscence programme for people with dementia in long stay residential care settings in ROI. Effectiveness was measured in a two-group, single-blind clustered randomised trial, using self-rated quality of life as the primary outcome. The results on the effects of the intervention suggest that there was a positive but clinically non-significant improvement in the mean quality of life of the residents in the intervention group compared with the control group. However, the results of per-protocol analysis, which includes only units that followed protocol, indicates that there was a clinically and statistically significant effect of the intervention on quality of life of residents with those in the intervention groups experiencing a better improvement in quality of life compared to those in the control group.  

Estimating the economic and social costs of dementia in Ireland

CONNOLLY, S., GILLESPIE, P., O'SHEA, E., CAHILL, S., PIERCE, M.
England)
2014

Connolly et al. (2014) using a cost of illness studies approach provide an estimate of the social and economic costs of dementia in ROI.

The total cost of dementia is estimated to be €1.69bn per annum, 48% of which can be attributed to costs of informal care provided by family and friends to people with dementia living in the community. Another 43% is attributed to long-stay residential care with only 9% of the total costs attributed to formal health and social care costs. The results are broadly in line with international studies. The study highlights the significant costs associated with dementia in ROI and the very heavy burden that falls on the family caregivers. 

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