Creating Excellence in Dementia Care: A Research Review for Ireland's National Dementia Strategy
The purpose of this report was to create the evidence-based research that will help to lay the foundations for the new Dementia Strategy. The objectives of this evidence-based research review, as agreed between the funders (The Atlantic Philanthropies (AP)), the Department of Health and the contract researchers, were fourfold:
- to review current and future demographic trends in Ireland and provide estimates of current and future dementia prevalence rates, in relation to both those aged 65 and over and younger people;
- to specify the main economic costs of dementia care;
- to review current service availability (based on the recent Health Service Executive (HSE) audit) and estimated future demand for services;
- to review best practice in dementia care locally and internationally.
Given the terms of reference, not all issues pertaining to dementia could be covered, but the report does provide the basis for the development of many of the areas that will be central to the new Strategy.