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Working mechanisms of dyadic, psychosocial, activating interventions for people with dementia and informal caregivers

Publication of Innovations in Care
M.A. Leven, van 't, J. Lange, de, E.S. Ploeg, van der, A.M. Pot | Article | Publication date: 27 September 2018

a qualitative study

For the overarching working mechanism empowerment, expertise in the field of dementia and psychological skills of coaches seem to be important. Assessing the needs, capacities, and limitations of both the PWD and the caregivers to take part in activities seems to be key, as well as the communication about it and the skills to teach a solution-focused approach. Studies on the impact of psychosocial and activating interventions might benefit from considering outcome measures directed at empowerment, along with aspects such as hope and belief in one’s own capacities versus traditional outcome measures as mood, burden, or quality of life.

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