The report, published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, sought views from researchers, people with dementia and those who care for them, as well as national bodies such as Public Health England and the Department of Health. It outlines an action plan to close the gap between research and policy by working towards five key goals:
These goals support international ambitions to identify a cure or ‘disease modifying treatment’ by 2025, as agreed at the 2013 G7 summit.
Points on the action plan include establishing professional networks to involve the care workforce in dementia research and gather their ideas for new projects, and recognising research involvement in Care Quality Commission and Healthwatch reports.
James Pickett, head of research at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Research has a vital role to play in care and cure alike – and with a million people in the UK expected to be living with dementia by 2021, we have to provide the best possible care for all those affected.
“With budgets cut to the bone and demand always increasing, care providers need to be as efficient and effective as possible. Focused research will help health and social care professionals to improve knowledge and practice, as well as the quality of the wider system.”