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Translating dementia research into home-based practice:

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

William Cabin, PhD, JD, MPH, MSW, Social Work and Gerontology Programs, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Dementia creates significant health and economic costs to persons with Dementia, their caregivers, and society (Fahs, et al. 2010). Evidence-based research using randomized controlled trials has produced psychosocial interventions effective in reducing these costs, particularly the studies of Laura Gitlin and Mary Mittelman. These interventions have been translated into several practice settings. However, the interventions have not been modified for acceptance as a covered service under the Medicare home health benefit. The paper presents the research; discusses its translational work to date; and discusses next steps to translating the research into a Medicare home health covered service.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Explain the evidence-based Dementia research of Laura Gitlin and Mary Mittleman. Describe the issues involved in translating Gitlin and Mittleman's research into home-based practice. Describe necessary policy changes to allow use of the Gitlin and Mittelman translated research into Medicare home health coverage.

Keyword(s): Dementia, Evidence Based Practice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I practiced in home care and hospice for 25 years and have a MSW and MPH.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.