Support for research in rehabilitation for people with dementia

The Knowledge Centre for Rehabilitation and Palliative Care, researcher Jette Thuesen, receives DKK 1,800,000 from VELUX FONDEN for research in how to develop and offer rehabilitation for older people with dementia. Furthermore, the project will create knowledge of how older people with dementia may be involved in the development of society institutions. This will happen in cooperation with the patients themselves.

In Denmark, there is an increasing focus on rehabilitation for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Municipalities and regions, user organizations, professional organizations and professionals take initiatives to develop rehabilitation services for people with dementia. However, there is no international or national consensus on what rehabilitation of dementia should include (context, form and content), and there are no national guidelines.

The project will be completed in three phases. The first phase will map international evidence and current practice in Denmark. In the second phase, people with dementia participating in rehabilitation will be observed for 1.5 years through interviews and journal audit. Finally, in the third phase a model for rehabilitation as a consistent and participatory process will be established.

The project "Rehabilitation and dementia - based on the users’ perspective” will take place from 2015 to 2018. The project will involve a group of experts, a user panel, a dementia clinic, a municipality as well as individual users. This will be done in cooperation with Alzheimerforeningen og Ældre Sagen.

Jette Thuesens research field is partly user perspectives and user involvement in rehabilitation with a focus on the elderly and partly rehabilitation for people with a life-threatening illness, including connections between rehabilitation and palliation. At the same time, Jette Thuesen has a special focus on a continuous course and interdisciplinary cooperation.

For further information
Jette Thuesen, T +45 93 50 70 23 or by e-mail: thuesen@sdu.dk