The Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia and the 2009 National Dementia Strategy set out various commitments and actions on the prevention, diagnosis, referral, treatment and care of dementia. PIRU was asked to conduct a review to map data available and to summarise key research evidence on trends in dementia care in England since 2009. The review was to inform four key policy questions:
- What improvements have been made in dementia care and support, for people with dementia and their (family and other unpaid) carers, since 2009?
- What impact might these improvements have had on people with dementia and their carers, and (if evidence is available) on costs and cost-effectiveness?
- What are the gaps and remaining obstacles to delivering against the commitments in the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia?
- What are the implications of all of the above, both for the priorities for action in the final year of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia and for the information needs to monitor future progress?
The project was carried out by a team of researchers at LSE and LSHTM, and was undertaken in association with the NIHR School for Social Care Research.