Needs in early onset dementia: A qualitative case from the NeedYD study.
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SourceAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 25, 8, (2010), pp. 634-640
1 december 2010
Article / Letter to editor
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Primary and Community Care
American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
SubjectN4i 3: Poverty-related infectious diseases; NCEBP 11: Alzheimer Centre; NCEBP 4: Quality of hospital and integrated care; NCEBP 7: Effective primary care and public health
OBJECTIVES: The aim was to explore the experiences of a caregiver of a patient with early onset dementia (EOD) and the needs of patient and caregiver. METHODS: A single case study design was used to explore (1) unmet needs of patient and caregiver and (2) caregiver's experiences of transitions in care and health care services. A qualitative analysis was used to examine the data. RESULTS: This study shows that a patient with EOD and the caregiver were confronted with specific issues during the care process, namely (1) prolonged time to diagnosis, (2) a lack of fit between needs and services, (3) the strain of dedication to care versus the caregiver's own future perspective, (4) the need for response of health care services to changing individual preferences. CONCLUSION: This study illustrates specific issues related to early onset dementia that require specialized EOD care such as the differential and changing needs of patients and caregivers.
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