Title of project or programme
Title of PIThe social process of everyday decision-making by people with dementia and their spouses.
Principal Investigators of project/programme grant
DrGeraldineBoyleUniversity of BradfordUK
Address of institution of lead PI
InstitutionUniversity of Bradford
Street AddressRichmond Road
PostcodeBD7 1DP
  • United Kingdom
Source of funding information

Economic and Social Research Council

Total sum awarded (Euro)


Start date of award


Total duration of award in months


The project/programme is most relevant to
  • Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias

Decision-making, dementia, spouse

Research abstract in English

This two-year research project will involve talking to couples living with dementia about the types of decisions they make every day and how they go about making these decisions.

The study will develop a better understanding of how couples living with dementia make everyday decisions and identify the practical support that can facilitate people with dementia to make decisions.

The research will be carried out in Bradford (starting January 2010) by Dr. Geraldine Boyle from the University of Bradford and Dr. Lorna Warren from the University of Sheffield. Ethical approval will be obtained from the National Social Care Research Ethics Committee.

People with dementia and their spouses attending social cafes or support groups run by the Alzheimer’s Society (or a community organisation) will be invited to take part in the study. Approximately twenty-four couples will be interviewed about the types of decisions they make every day and how they go about making these decisions. The researchers will also spend time at home with the couples, observing them as they go about their daily routines and make day-to-day decisions.

The research findings should promote better understanding of how people with dementia can make decisions and how to involve them in decision-making.

In which category does this research fall?
  • Health and social care research

    Types: Investments > €500k
    Member States: United Kingdom
    Diseases: Alzheimer's disease & other dementias
    Years: 2011
    Database Categories: N/A
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