Field of Work: Care for people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia
Problem Synopsis: In the late 1990s, despite progress in developing home and community-based services for people with Alzheimer's disease, improvements were needed in acute and primary medical care and in integrating medical care with home- and community-based care.
Synopsis of the Work: The Alzheimer's Association and the National Chronic Care Consortium partnered to develop a national model—Chronic Care Networks for Alzheimer's Disease—of integrated primary and acute health care and supportive services for people with Alzheimer's disease in a managed care environment. Eight sites participated in developing the model, and six sites (three supported by RWJF) implemented the model. Staff from the Benjamin Rose Institute evaluated the project and developed a proposal to further test the model at Veterans Administration medical centers.
Researchers from the Benjamin Rose Institute reported the following findings from the patient and caregiver survey at all six sites in a report to RWJF: