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Literature review of dementia services in rural and remote settings

Prof Leon Flicker
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution Rural and Remote
Project Description

Rural and remote Australia poses many challenges for the provision of quality dementia care, including geographical isolation, sparse population distribution, ageing population, migration factors, poor socio-economic status, workforce recruitment and limited services (Henderson & Caplan 2008). Given the numerous challenges facing service provision, and by and large the poor delivery of services for people with dementia and their caregivers living in rural and remote Australia, the need to close the research gap in dementia care for people in rural and remote areas is important.

To explore the barriers to rural and remote dementia care worldwide, outline the gaps in rural and remote service provision and present the key initiatives in dementia care practice in rural and remote regions a detailed review was completed of Australian and international literature. This review informed the discussion which contains recommendations for best practice, identifies the key research gaps, provides recommendations for future research in rural and remote dementia care and tips for clinicians working in rural and remote regions.

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