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Can Memory Assessment Services (MAS) in England be categorized? A national survey.

Chrysanthaki, T, Fernandes, B and Smith, S (2017) Can Memory Assessment Services (MAS) in England be categorized? A national survey. Journal of Public Health.

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Abstract Background The effectiveness and efficiency of memory assessment services (MASs) is unknown. Our aim was to determine if a typology can be constructed, based on shared structural and process characteristics, as a basis for a non-randomized evaluation of their effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. Methods Survey of random sample of 73 MASs in 2015; comparison of characteristics and investigation of inter-correlation. Results It was not possible to group characteristics to form the basis of a typology of MASs. However, there was considerable variation in staff numbers (20-fold), new patients per whole-time equivalent (WTE) staff (20-fold), skill mix and the nurse:doctor ratio (1–10). The operational performance also varied: first appointments (50–120 minutes); time for first follow-up (2–12 weeks); frequency of follow-up in first year (1–5). These differences were not associated with the number of new patients per WTE staff or the accreditation status of the MAS. Post diagnosis, all MASs provided pharmacological treatment but the availability of non-pharmacological support varied, with half providing none or only one intervention while others providing four or more. Conclusions In the absence of any clear typology, evaluation of MASs will need to focus on the impact of individual structural and process characteristics on outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Health Care
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Fernandes, B
Smith, S
Date : 2 March 2017
DOI : 10.1093/pubmed/fdx018
Uncontrolled Keywords : Memory assessment services, memory clinics, staffing, workload
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 10:48
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 20:04

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