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Engagement of Veterans With Dementia in Partners in Dementia Care: An Evidence-Based Care Coordination Program.

Darlak L, Bass DM, Judge KS, Wilson N, Looman W, McCarthy C, Morgan R, Maslow K, Kunik ME. Engagement of Veterans With Dementia in Partners in Dementia Care: An Evidence-Based Care Coordination Program. Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society. 2017 May 1; 36(5):570-591.

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This study describes engagement of veterans with dementia in an evidence-based care coordination intervention called Partners in Dementia Care (PDC). PDC uses a person-centered approach that encourages participation by individuals with dementia (IWDs), despite their cognitive impairment. PDC also targets primary family or friend caregivers, who often are the main user of the program. Of the total 316 IWDs, 202 passed a mental status screening and were considered to have engagement potential. The study of actual engagement was based on data from IWDs' PDC records, combined with data from structured research interviews. Approximately 80% of IWDs with engagement potential had a minimum level of actual engagement in PDC. A smaller subsample was more actively engaged, as indicated by assigned and/or accomplished action steps. Younger IWDs and those self-reporting more memory difficulties had higher levels of engagement. Results describe one example of the extent and limits of IWD engagement in psychosocial interventions.

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