More research needs to be placed on care according to the study

More research needs to be placed on care according to the study

People with dementia have told funders that they need to boost research into care. 

Research into improving dementia care today is just as important as the search for a cure tomorrow according to a groundbreaking survey of more than 1,500  people affected by dementia and professionals .

Results of a project conducted by Alzheimer’s Society and the James Lind Alliance announced this week set out the top research priorities for the people directly affected by its results.

The findings come at a time of deep pessimism, with pharmaceutical companies publically suggesting they will withdraw from dementia research because of failed clinical trials. Alzheimer’s Society hopes that the call to action will act as a roadmap for funders in the sector – already, £2million of research grants have been allocated in Northern Ireland based on the scheme’s list of priorities.

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society said:

‘If research is fundamentally about answering the most important questions facing us, how do we make sure that the questions we ask are the right ones? By going directly to people with dementia, carers and professionals this groundbreaking partnership has circumvented received wisdom and set out a clear list of priorities for research.

In addition to the search for a cure, people with dementia and carers are crying out for research which helps them live well today. We need this to be a blueprint for funders across the sector. One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia, so this may be the greatest health and social care challenge Britain faces.’

The process saw those surveyed provide over 4,000 questions that they would like answered by research into dementia. This was whittled down to a top 10 list.  Areas which the group are calling to prioritise include:

·         The best ways to keep the person with dementia as independent as they can be.

·         How the results from research findings can be effectively disseminated and implemented into care practice

·         The impact of receiving an early diagnosis of dementia

·         The best ways to manage behavioural symptoms such as aggression

Dementia is a progressive and ultimately terminal condition which affects 800,000 people in the UK alone. There are few available treatments and as yet no cure.

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