Availability and primary health care orientation of dementia-related services in rural Saskatchewan, Canada

Morgan, DG, Kosteniuk, JG, Stewart, NJ, O’Connell, ME, Kirk, A, Crossley, M, Dal Bello-Haas, V, Forbes, D and Innes, A ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5591-4083 2015, 'Availability and primary health care orientation of dementia-related services in rural Saskatchewan, Canada' , Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 34 (3-4) , pp. 137-158.

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Community-based services are important for improving outcomes for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. This study examined: (a) availability of rural dementia-related services in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, and (b) orientation of services toward six key attributes of primary health care (i.e., information/education, accessibility, population orientation, coordinated care, comprehensiveness, quality of care). Data were collected from 71 rural Home Care Assessors via cross-sectional survey. Basic health services were available in most communities (e.g., pharmacists, family physicians, palliative care, adult day programs, home care, long-term care facilities). Dementia-specific services typically were unavailable (e.g., health promotion, counseling, caregiver support groups, transportation, week-end/night respite). Mean scores on the primary health care orientation scales were low (range 12.4 to 17.5/25). Specific services to address needs of rural individuals with dementia and their caregivers are limited in availability and fit with primary health care attributes.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Home Health Care Services Quarterly
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0162-1424
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Funders: CIHR
Depositing User: A Innes
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 10:19
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 20:40
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/42793

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