Evaluation of the implementation of the Meeting Centres Support Program in Italy, Poland, and the UK; exploration of the effects on people with dementia

Dawn Brooker, Simon Evans, Shirley Evans, Jennifer Bray, Francesca Lea Saibene, Claudia Scorolli, Dorota Szcześniak, Alessia d'Arma, Katarzyna M. Urbańska, Teresa Atkinson, Elisabetta Farina, Joanna Rymaszewska, Rabih Chattat, Catherine Henderson, Amritpal Rehill, Iris Hendriks, Franka Meiland, Rose Marie Dröes

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Objectives: MEETINGDEM investigated whether the Dutch Meeting Centres Support Programme (MCSP) could be implemented in Italy, Poland, and the UK with comparable benefits. This paper reports on the impact on people living with dementia attending pilot Meeting Centres in the 3 countries. Methods: Nine pilot Meeting Centres (MCs) participated (Italy-5, Poland-2, UK-2). Effectiveness of MCSP was compared with Usual Care (UC) on outcomes measuring behavioural and psychological symptoms (NPI), depression (CSDD), and quality of life (DQoL, QOL-AD), analysed by ANCOVAs in a 6-month pre-test/post-test controlled trial. Results: Pre/post data were collected for 85 people with dementia and 93 carers (MCSP) and 74 people with dementia /carer dyads' receiving UC. MCSP showed significant positive effects for DQoL [Self-esteem (F = 4.8, P = 0.03); Positive Affect (F = 14.93, P < 0.00); Feelings of Belonging (F = 7.77, P = 0.01)] with medium and large effect sizes. Higher attendance levels correlated with greater neuropsychiatric symptom reduction (rho = 0.24, P = 0.03) and a greater increase in feelings of support (rho = 0.36, P = 0.001). Conclusions: MCSPs showed significant wellbeing and health benefits compared with UC, building on the evidence of effectiveness from the Netherlands. In addition to the previously reported successful implementation of MCSP in Italy, Poland, and the UK, these findings suggest that further international dissemination of MCSP is recommended.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
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Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

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Poland
Italy
Dementia
Caregivers
Emotions
Behavioral Symptoms
Insurance Benefits
Self Concept
Netherlands
Quality of Life
Depression
Psychology

Keywords

  • Adaptation-coping model
  • Dementia
  • Meeting Centres Support Programme
  • Post-diagnostic support
  • Psychosocial interventions

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  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Evaluation of the implementation of the Meeting Centres Support Program in Italy, Poland, and the UK; exploration of the effects on people with dementia. / Brooker, Dawn; Evans, Simon; Evans, Shirley; Bray, Jennifer; Saibene, Francesca Lea; Scorolli, Claudia; Szcześniak, Dorota; d'Arma, Alessia; Urbańska, Katarzyna M.; Atkinson, Teresa; Farina, Elisabetta; Rymaszewska, Joanna; Chattat, Rabih; Henderson, Catherine; Rehill, Amritpal; Hendriks, Iris; Meiland, Franka; Dröes, Rose Marie.

In: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 07.2018.

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Brooker, D, Evans, S, Evans, S, Bray, J, Saibene, FL, Scorolli, C, Szcześniak, D, d'Arma, A, Urbańska, KM, Atkinson, T, Farina, E, Rymaszewska, J, Chattat, R, Henderson, C, Rehill, A, Hendriks, I, Meiland, F & Dröes, RM 2018, 'Evaluation of the implementation of the Meeting Centres Support Program in Italy, Poland, and the UK; exploration of the effects on people with dementia', International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1002/gps.4865
Brooker, Dawn ; Evans, Simon ; Evans, Shirley ; Bray, Jennifer ; Saibene, Francesca Lea ; Scorolli, Claudia ; Szcześniak, Dorota ; d'Arma, Alessia ; Urbańska, Katarzyna M. ; Atkinson, Teresa ; Farina, Elisabetta ; Rymaszewska, Joanna ; Chattat, Rabih ; Henderson, Catherine ; Rehill, Amritpal ; Hendriks, Iris ; Meiland, Franka ; Dröes, Rose Marie. / Evaluation of the implementation of the Meeting Centres Support Program in Italy, Poland, and the UK; exploration of the effects on people with dementia. In: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2018.
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