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How to best meet the needs of people with dementia with severe behavioural disturbances. Toward a respectful and cost-effective model


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€ 2 824 038
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European Countries Involved
The RECAGE project will tackle one of the most challenging problem arising during the clinical course of dementia: the so-called Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). The current state-of-the-art of the treatment of these symptoms is still unsatisfactory and there are many unmet needs in this area. The major objective of the project will be to assess the effectiveness of an intervention, the special medical care unit for patients with BPSD (SCU-B), that, albeit already implemented in some European countries, is not widespread and has not been sufficiently studied so far, although it seems to be promising for its short-term efficacy (alleviating BPSD and improving quality of life of PwD) and possibly for its long term efficacy. In order to achieve this goal, RECAGE will proceed in three steps: 1) A prospective cohort study, comparing the activity of the centres endowed with a typical SCU-B with that of the other participating centres lacking this facility; the efficacy and the cost-effectiveness of the proposed intervention will be tested in the prospective study. The expected benefits are socially appreciable: improving quality of life of persons with dementia, lessening caregivers' burden, possibly delaying institutionalisation 2) A conference aiming at adapting the SCU-B model in accordance with the results of the cohort study, not only regarding its main endpoints, but also comparing the experience and the different ways of operating of the participating centres and the different socio-political context in which they act 3) A plan for scaling up the intervention in the countries who take part in the study, but where SCU-Bs are absent or sporadic as Italy and Greece.
Project partners
Institut National De La Sante Et De La Recherche Medicale
Azienda Unita Sanitaria Locale Di Modena
Universite De Geneve
Regione Emilia Romagna
Association Hospitaliere De Bruxelles-Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Saint Pierre
Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis
Assistance Publique Hopitaux De Paris
Universiteit Maastricht
Azienda Socio Sanitaria Territoriale Di Mantova(Asst Di Mantova)
Cliniche Gavazzeni Spa
Charite - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin
Elliniki Etairia Nosoy Alzheimer Kai Syggenon Diatarachon Somateio
Sykehuset Innlandet Hf
Alzheimer Italia - Federazione Delle Associazioni Alzheimer D'Italia
Zentralinstitut Fuer Seelische Gesundheit
Universita Degli Studi Di Perugia
Etairia Nosou Alzheimer Kai Sinafon Diataraxon Athinon Somateio
Mediolanum Cardio Research Srl
Fondazione Europea Di Ricerca Biomedica-Ferb Onlus
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