Dementia care: Research and clinical innovation

Dementia care: Research and clinical innovation is the focus of a special issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing. This covers a broad range of topics aiming to stimulate conversation on how people with dementia, their family members and nurses can work together to enable the development of appropriate and robust research to inform the implementation of evidence-based interventions, guidelines and policies, which encompass all health and social care settings.

The editorial (Brooke 2021) identifies four themes in the studies.

  • The inclusion of people with dementia in research
  • The continued lack of education and training for health and social care professionals to provide support and care for people with dementia.
  • The need for health and social care professionals to support family members of a person with dementia
  • The continued development of person-centred care in acute hospitals, care homes and the community.

The editorial concludes that the vast range of topics and methodological approaches within this special issue demonstrate the continued need to ensure dementia remains a focus of both governments and health and social care institutions to ensure that people living with dementia are central to their care, research and clinical innovations.

Brooke J (2021) Dementia care: Research and clinical innovation. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 00:13.  onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jocn.16137