Achieving Quality and Effectiveness in Dementia care Using Crisis Teams (AQUEDUCT) is a research study led by Professor Martin Orrell that will evaluate Dementia Crisis Teams (DCTs), formulate an evidence-based conceptual model and recommendations for achieving best practice in DCT organisation, and develop and validate an Implementation Measure to assess to what extent this is achieved in practice.
AQUEDUCT aims to improve effectively the quality of care for people with dementia experiencing a crisis, and achieve a better experience for people with dementia and their carers.
The Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia 2020 has raised the interest on non-pharmacological interventions for the care of people with dementia.
In recent years dementia crisis teams have developed with the aim to offer home-based support and care and decrease hospital admissions, thus reducing the overall costs of care.
Preliminary evidence shows that dementia crisis teams may improve care and reduce admissions, but no consensus has been built so far on a defined model of good practice for high-quality service provision. For this reason, research evaluating the effectiveness of DCTs is essential, as it would build the evidence-based foundations for best practice.