Rural Access to Dementia Support
Aging with Cognitive Impairment
Patient and family experiences of dementia assessments and diagnosis: An evaluation of RaDAR's rural PHC dementia model
Provision of dementia care within primary care may be particularly important for rural communities, where human resources are limited and accessing specialized services is a challenge. This makes developing the capacity of rural providers to deliver high quality dementia care and services a priority. In order to address this issue, the Rural Dementia Action Research (RaDAR) team is developing a Rural Primary Health Care (PHC) Dementia Model in partnership with PHC teams, that operationalizes best practices in dementia care (including collaborative team-based care). The model is being piloted and adapted by PHC teams within two rural communities: Kipling (population <1,100) and Weyburn (population >10,000). While initial feedback from teams using the toolkit has been positive and illustrates the challenges and strengths of adopting such a model in rural communities, the perspectives of patients and families need to be assessed to further evaluate this model of care. The goal of the current research is to explore the assessment and diagnoses experiences of patients and families seen by the Kipling and Weyburn teams who have adapted different approaches (a sequential assessment by team members on different days vs. a one-day memory clinic).