The feasibility of Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) on a neurorehabilitation ward.


Person-centred care (PCC) is recommended when working with patients with neurological difficulties. Despite this, to date there has been no appropriate methodology for assessing or developing PCC in neurorehabilitation settings. Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) is a well-established tool for assessing and developing PCC in dementia settings and the current study investigated the feasibility of applying DCM on an acute neurorehabilitation ward. DCM procedure and coding required minor adaptations for use in this setting and further recommended adaptations were subsequently identified. It was found that the DCM coding system was generally suitable and could identify strengths, weaknesses and areas for development in ward care. Q-methodology identified that staff views endorsed the feasibility of using DCM in neurorehabilitation, with staff reporting that they found DCM useful and relevant to their work. DCM could be further developed for this setting by amendments to the behaviour coding system, concept and coding of person-centred care, and a population-specific manual. DCM is a promising methodology to develop and promote PCC in neurorehabilitation.

DOI: 10.1080/09602011.2012.711642

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@article{McIntosh2012TheFO, title={The feasibility of Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) on a neurorehabilitation ward.}, author={Catriona J McIntosh and John Westbrook and Russell Sheldrick and Claire Surr and Dougal Julian Hare}, journal={Neuropsychological rehabilitation}, year={2012}, volume={22 6}, pages={920-41} }