Published November 3, 2015
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Louanne Bakk and co-authors on the publication of their article "National priorities for dementia care: Perspectives of persons living with dementia and their care partners," in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing.
Porock, D., Bakk, L., Sullivan, S.S., Love, K., Pinkowitz, J., & Barsness, S. (in press). National priorities for dementia care: Perspectives of persons living with dementia and their care partners. Journal of Gerontological Nursing.
The current article reports the consensus recommendations from individuals living with dementia and their care partners on priorities for public policy and research funding, which were found using a nationwide, Delphi study. A modified snowball sample was used. Listservs, personal contacts, and advocacy groups were asked to distribute the survey. Paper versions were provided upon request. In Rounds 1 and 2 of the study, 388 and 301 responses, respectively, were received. Borda counts produced a ranked order consensus of priorities. Research ranked third, after the need for caregiver support and resources for the provision of long-term care. Education and training in person-centered practices for all care partners was also a high priority. Responses indicated that research funding should be expanded beyond its current emphasis on cure. Policymakers should reconsider the current priorities of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act to better address the long-term needs of individuals living with dementia and their care partners.