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Dementia Care Mapping as a research tool for measuring quality of life in care settings: psychometric properties

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Clive Ballard


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Background There are a paucity of validated measures focusing on quality of life for people with dementia in care facilities. Method The current study evaluated the internal consistency of Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) in a group of 123 people with dementia residing in care facilities and further evaluated the test retest reliability and concurrent validity of key DCM constructs in an additional group of 54 residents. Results The results show good internal consistency. Well-ill being score was significantly correlated with an informant rated quality of life measure (r = 0.73, p < 0.0001) and showed good test retest reliability (r = 0.55, p < 0.0001). An abbreviated assessment period focusing on the hour before lunch showed significant correlation with the total assessment period (well-ill being score r = 0.5, p = 0.02). Conclusion The current study indicates that DCM is a valid tool for the longitudinal evaluation of quality of life in people with dementia in care settings and that some abbreviation of the method may facilitate its use more widely. Copyright (C) 2002 John Wiley Sons, Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Fossey J, Lee L, Ballard C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Year: 2002

Volume: 17

Issue: 11

Pages: 1064-1070

ISSN (print): 0885-6230

ISSN (electronic): 1099-1166

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


DOI: 10.1002/gps.708


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