Enabling people to live well with dementia through interventions in a community setting

Research Question: Which interventions within a community environment (physical and social) make it easier for people with dementia to maintain quality of life and remain living in their community for longer? https://www.nihr.ac.uk/documents/1806-enabling-people-to-live-well-with-dementia-through-interventions-in-a-community-setting/11745

The following research is of interest:
– Evaluations of interventions relating to design/adaptation of domestic housing, (examples may include but are not restricted to): interior lighting; flooring; design of furniture, design of kitchen and kitchen utensils; design of table mats, cutlery, crockery and glassware; design of door handles, toilet roll holders and soap dispensers and other fixtures and fittings; interior
– Evaluations of interventions relating to the use of colour and tone on walls, skirting boards and flooring inside the domestic
– Evaluation of interventions to enable people with dementia to access and use the built environment outside the home, (examples may include but are not restricted to): signage, outdoor lighting, provision of public toilets, paving and footpaths, seating and resting places, lighting in public spaces; and transport
– Evaluation of interventions designed to promote the use of shopping areas, public venues, and social spaces, examples may include (but are not restricted to): design, layout and arrangement of shops, walkways, lifts and other facilities; provision of quiet areas; design of doors and openings; availability of dementia trained
– Interventions relating to the social inclusion of people with dementia, (examples may include but are not restricted to): community education interventions; combating stigma and raising awareness, management of personal finances, interventions to promote participation in the community for people with
– Evaluations of use of technology to enable access to, and promote engagement with, the community, examples may include (but are not restricted to): monitoring and sensor devices; commonplace household items modified to aid those with dementia (e.g. dementia clocks)
Commissioning brief: Studies may evaluate multi-component interventions. Interventions to be evaluated must be outside the NHS and the primary outcome measure must be health-related. Researchers should identify underlying theory and should include a logic model to help explain underlying context, theory and mechanisms.

Researchers are asked to specify and justify study design and indicate how long-term impact will be assessed. Natural or quasi-experimental studies or trials may be appropriate, depending on context, as may be adopting a systems perspective. Research should consider the positive or negative impacts of the intervention, including inequitable outcomes. Proposals should ensure adequate public involvement in the research.
For all proposals, applicants should clearly state the public health utility of the outcomes and the mechanisms by which they will inform future public health policy and practice.