Evidence Map of Non-Pharmacological Dementia Care Partner Interventions Implemented in the US: Gaps and Impact Opportunities

Zachary G. Baker, Maria Dellapina, Allison M. Gustavson, Justine S. Sefcik, Sokha Koeuth, Joseph E. Gaugler, Kimberly Van Haitsma, Laura N. Gitlin

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There are 200+ tested interventions for care partners (family, friends, and fictive kin) of people living with dementia (PLWD). But these interventions do not systematically cover relevant settings. Nor do these interventions affect all relevant outcomes that matter to people and healthcare systems. We present an evidence map of settings and outcomes from translated interventions to identify gaps. Of 190 studies identified, 31 unique interventions were retained in the evidence map. Identified setting gaps included studies set solely in hospitals/medical centers or set in multiple settings. Identified outcome gaps included interventions that improved care partner beliefs about providing care, care partner negative coping strategies, PLWD resources (e.g., social support), and PLWD coping strategies. Armed with an understanding of present gaps, we call on researchers to fill the identified gaps to ensure systematic coverage of settings and evaluation of outcomes that matter to people and healthcare systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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