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The essential features of Meeting Centres: development of the UK criteria for community support for people affected by dementia

Shirley Evans (Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester, Worcester, UK)
Jennifer Bray (Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester, Worcester, UK)
Dawn Brooker (Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester, Worcester, UK)
Nathan Stephens (Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester, Worcester, UK)

Working with Older People

ISSN: 1366-3666

Article publication date: 14 September 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Meeting Centres (MCs) are a complex community-based psychosocial intervention to support people affected by dementia. The purpose of this paper is to describe the process of identifying the essential features of MCs from a UK perspective.

Design/methodology/approach

The essential features were examined within a concept analysis framework, which combines both static and evolutionary methods, enabling multiple stakeholder groups to be included in the process in an iterative manner.

Findings

Eleven essential features were developed, providing a conceptual model of the UK MCs. The underpinning rationale is sufficiently flexible to enable community-based development, while at the same time providing a robust platform upon which to build the evidence base.

Originality/Value

While some features may be common to other types of community-based support, the combination of characteristics and the underpinning ethos differentiates MCs and enables each one to meet the needs of its own community.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank members of the National Reference Group for their support in identifying and refining the essential features of an MC. This work was supported by The National Lottery Community Fund, Project Number 10333678.

Declaration of interest statement: No potential competing interests were reported by the authors.

Citation

Evans, S., Bray, J., Brooker, D. and Stephens, N. (2022), "The essential features of Meeting Centres: development of the UK criteria for community support for people affected by dementia", Working with Older People, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-03-2022-0009

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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