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Bridging the Gap in Dementia Care within an OT Primary Care Setting – The Role of Clinical Care Pathway Development

Authors: Moya Doyle , Katie Barry

Abstract Background: The need for a clinical care pathway for Dementia was identified in line with the National Standards of Safer Better healthcare and staff development goals.A clinical audit highlighted: Documentation Gaps in relation to referral management, health promotion, clinical rationale and carer interventionsDiscrepancies of timeframes, assessments, intervention, team liaison and resources providedStandard Outcome Measures not suitable to this cohort.Methods/ Intervention: Formulation of a Primary Care specific Dementia Care PathwayThis included evidence based, effective, equitable care, including anticipated timeframesThis pathway was developed considering the workforce and community support resources specific to Dublin South CityA specific training programme was developed for its implementation.Outcomes: A peer reflection session of the Pathway was completed by authorsA clinical audit was completed and demonstrated change in practice and OT effectivenessImplications: Enhanced quality of person centred care and equity of OT servicesEfficiency of services has improved through increased staff knowledge, and availability of resources and training.OTs report increased confidence in their knowledge of Dementia and OT skills.Learning objectives: Highlight the OT role in Primary care with clients with dementiaDemonstrate risk rating as a baseline outcome measureIdentify the application of this pathway to OT practice and potential for integrated care


dementia, home environment, supporting carers, occupational therapy, older persons

How to Cite:

Doyle M, Barry K. Bridging the Gap in Dementia Care within an OT Primary Care Setting – The Role of Clinical Care Pathway Development. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2017;17(5):A561.

DOI: on 17th October 2017