Dementia care mapping to support staff in the care of people with intellectual disability and dementia: a feasibility study

Schaap, F., Dijkstra, G., Fokkens, A., Reijneveld, S. & Finnema, E., Nov-2018, In : Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 31, 6, p. 1071-1082 12 p.

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BackgroundThe number of people with intellectual disability and dementia increases; this combination causes behavioural changes. Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) supports staff in dementia care in nursing homes and may be useful in intellectual disability-care. This qualitative study examines the feasibility of DCM for older people with intellectual disability and dementia.

MethodsThe present authors obtained data in focus groups and interviews with professional users and analysed using a framework for feasibility studies. With experts in dementia and intellectual disability researches, the present authors determined the overall feasibility.

ResultsDCM was found to be feasible in intellectual disability-care, regarding five domains of feasibility. Staff reported DCM to be useful and valuable and addresses to their demand for skills and knowledge. All professional users found DCM feasible in intellectual disability-care, which was confirmed by experts.

ConclusionsDCM is feasible in intellectual disability-care. When fully tailored to intellectual disability-care, DCM is useful and provides opportunities to assess its effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1071-1082
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Issue number6
Early online date24-Apr-2018
Publication statusPublished - Nov-2018


  • dementia, dementia care mapping, feasibility, intellectual disability, person-centred care, quality of care, PERSON-CENTERED CARE, CLUSTER-RANDOMIZED-TRIAL, QUALITY-OF-LIFE, DOWN-SYNDROME, ALZHEIMERS-DISEASE, NURSING-HOMES, LEARNING-DISABILITIES, ADULTS, SYMPTOMS, BEHAVIOR

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