Susanne Schaefer-Walkmann

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BACKGROUND Dementia networks in Germany constitute a specialised setting for integrated dementia care and have shown benefits on relevant outcomes, including those of drug treatment. National guidelines recommend treatment with acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (donepezil, galantamine, rivastigmine) or the N-Methyl-D-Aspartate antagonist (memantine) to reduce(More)
Outpatient dementia healthcare is predominantly fragmented, and dementia networks (DNs) represent an integrated care concept to overcome this problem. Little is known about the patients of these networks with regard to utilisation of physicians and associated factors. We interviewed 560 caregivers of people with dementia in 13 different DNs in Germany in(More)
OBJECTIVES This paper aimed to describe the burden experienced by informal caregivers supporting a person with dementia (PwD) who lives at home and utilizes a dementia care network (DCN), to investigate the factors that are associated with caregiver burden, and to identify possible differences in caregiver burden among different types of DCNs. METHOD This(More)
OBJECTIVES Analysis of practice-based financing concepts in German dementia networks (DN); Provision of sustainable financing structures and their determinants in DN. MATERIALS AND METHODS Qualitative expert interviews with leaders of 13 DN were conducted. A semi-structured interview guide was used to analyse four main topics: Finance-related(More)
BACKGROUND Nonpharmacological therapies and the provision of aids are described to be supportive in the treatment of persons with dementia (PWDs). These aim to maintain individuals' participation in daily activities as long as possible, to slow the progression of their disease, and to support their independent living at home. However, there is a lack of(More)
BACKGROUND Regional dementia care networks become more and more important in the care for community-dwelling persons with dementia (PwD). However, the quality of life of PwD, served by dementia care networks, has not been investigated yet. It also remains unclear if there are differences between urban and rural dementia care networks. This study therefore(More)
Um Menschen mit Demenz (MmD) passgenaue Versorgungsangebote zu ermöglichen und Schnittstellenproblematiken zu überwinden, rücken kooperative, multiprofessionelle Versorgungsstrukturen wie Demenznetzwerke (DNW) in den Fokus der deutschen Versorgungslandschaft. Ziel der vorliegenden Arbeit ist es, Nutzer und Nutzerinnen von regionalen DNW erstmals umfassend(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, regional dementia care networks (DCNs) have been established in Germany to provide timely support for persons with dementia (PwDs) and their families. There is a lack of research in this setting. This study was conducted to describe the burden experienced by informal caregivers over the course of one year when utilizing a DCN and the(More)