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Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution Centre-based
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This project provides a catalogue of key dementia research and research gaps. It represents a great tool for all dementia researchers and is a major piece of research on its own.

The objective of the project was to develop a publication that provided a summary and catalogue of key dementia research for stakeholders that will underpin further research by identifying gaps in dementia research and support future systematic reviews of dementia research. In many parts of the world there is little information about the prevalence of the disease and while our understanding of the underlying pathology of dementia has progressed, our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of the disease remains incomplete.

A definitive diagnostic tool does not currently exist and hence diagnosis at an early stage of the disease is problematic and importantly, the currently available treatments are limited in their effectiveness. Understanding the experience and needs of people with dementia and their carers is still at a very early stage and further research that utilises qualitative as well and quantitative methods is warranted. Over the past years, important gaps have been identified and addressed, but many gaps remain. Dementia research is still a relatively young discipline compared to research into other areas such cardiovascular diseases or cancer which is at least a generation ahead.

This project was monumental in terms of its undertaking and required an extensive amount of work. The key components of the Dementia Research Map include the following:

  • Review of the literature
  • Gaps in the evidence and recommendations for future research
  • Epidemiology
  • Aetiology and pathophysiology
  • Risk and preventive factors
  • Diagnosis and Assessment
  • Treatment
  • Care and support for people with dementia and their carers.

Conclusion The Dementia Research Map provides an updated overview of important advances and persisting challenges in the field of dementia research. A Dementia Research Summary (16 pages) and the entire Dementia Research Map (220 pages) are attached.

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