Expert Policy Paper Series

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland commissions external experts to write policy papers in order to generate new ideas, promote cutting edge concepts and contribute to a much more informed debate in relation to national dementia policy.

'A National Dementia Registry for Ireland: A Feasibility Study' (2016) - Dr. Louise Hopper, Suzanne Hughes, Prof. Teresa Burke and Dr. Kate Irving highlight the characteristics a registry needs to have to be successful and the pitfalls to avoid. This study shows that we can learn a lot of lessons from international dementia registries and from existing patient registries in Ireland. It also highlights the steps that need to be taken to ensure that a comprehensive proposal is developed quickly. Click here to download A National Dementia Registry for Ireland. An accessible summary document is available here.

'An Economic Analysis of Home Care Services for People with Dementia' (2015) - Dr. Dominic Trepel, Heath Economist, provides an economic analysis of home care services for people with dementia.Trépel’s expert analysis of home care for people with dementia focuses on who provides home care, what care is provided and when. It also provides recommendations on how home care services can be best configured to ensure an optimal arrangement of care for people with dementia. The argument is made that case management, collaborative care and information systems are important factors to improve overall welfare by addressing sources of inefficiency (i.e. information on deploying services). Click here to download An Economic Analysis of Home Care Services for People with Dementia. A summary document is available here and the corresponding list of references is available here

'Integrated Care Pathways' (2012) Dr. Kate Irving in her paper indicates that we need to find ways in our healthcare system to provide mechanisms for “integrated care” led out by a key healthcare professional.  These mechanisms will help us move away from the current piecemeal and sporadic approach to provision of services and supports and will significantly improve the whole journey for the person and their family and reduce the stress of navigating the current overly complex system. Click here to download Integrated Care Pathways as a PDF.

'National Dementia Strategy for Ireland' (2012) - Dr. Henry O’Connell as one of the leading clinical experts in dementia care in Ireland advocates that Ireland should seek to emanate the Scottish model in relation to the development of the National Dementia Strategy.  Scotland’s plan relates to how the conditions can be created to provide “world class services” for and with people with dementia. Click here to download a National Dementia Strategy for Ireland as a PDF.

'Financing Dementia' (2012) - Dr. Dominic Trepel heath economist argues the need for a financial commitment to dementia in Ireland.  There must, he says, be a “social contract” between the funders of healthcare and the person to avert the financial risks associated with ill-health and special attention is needed to ensure these expectations are upheld for vulnerable groups such as those living with dementia. Click here to download Financing Dementia as a PDF.

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