The evaluation of a healthcare passport to improve quality of care and communication for people living with dementia (EQuIP): a protocol paper for a qualitative, longitudinal study.

The Northern Ireland Public Health Agency, the Royal College of GPs and a consortium of voluntary sector organisation and service users developed a Health Care Passport to be used by people with dementia and their informal carers. This paper sets out the protocol to be used in evaluating whether the passport is acceptable and useful for this population. By adopting a qualitative longitudinal approach informed by critical realist review the authors argue they will facilitate a deeper evaluation of how it worked, for whom and in what context. Leavey et al. (2016) discuss the current barriers to holistic care for people with dementia and the pressure on family carers to meet the gaps in current service provision. They then describe how participants will be recruited and prepared for using the passport, the process of participant interview and passport content analysis. While acknowledging the potential benefits of the passport they point to the potential variables in its success or failure and to the essential nature of such an evaluation of the effectiveness of the passport across circumstances, time and a range of users.
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The evaluation of a healthcare passport to improve quality of care and communication for people living with dementia (EQuIP): a protocol paper for a qualitative, longitudinal study.
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2016
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Leavey, G., Abbott, A., Watson, M., Todd, S., Coates, V., McIlfactrick, S., McCormack, B., Waterhouse-Bradley, B. and Curran, E., 2016. The evaluation of a healthcare passport to improve quality of care and communication for people living with dementia (EQuIP): a protocol paper for a qualitative, longitudinal study. BMC health services research, 16(1), p.363.