A systematic review of qualitative studies on patient and carer experiences of dementia diagnosis and treatment

Early diagnosis and intervention for people with dementia is increasingly considered a priority, but practitioners are concerned with the effects of earlier diagnosis and interventions on patients and caregivers. This systematic review evaluates the qualitative evidence about how people accommodate and adapt to the diagnosis of dementia and its immediate consequences, to guide practice.

This study presents a thematic analysis that could be useful to professionals working with people with dementia. The authors suggest that research emphasis should shift towards the development and evaluation of interventions, particularly those providing support after diagnosis.

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December 19, 2012