Practice and improvement plans of the tailored dementia case management in local dementia centers: A qualitative study using focus group

Jiyeon Kim, Jun Ah Song, Sua Jung, Jiyeon Kim, Sunhee Kim

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Abstract

Purpose: With the nationwide expansion of local dementia centers (LDCs) after the National Re-sponsibility for Dementia System, the number of tailored dementia case management (TDCM) programs increased significantly, but qualitative improvement in TDCM is still a remaining task. The purpose of this study was to explore the current practice of the TDCM in LDCs and suggest directions for future program improvement. Methods: A focus group interview was conducted with seven hands-on workers who had experience in TDCM at the LDCs. Participants (mean age=40 years old) were nurses, social worker, and occupational therapist with an average of 9.1 years of working experience in TDCM. Data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Results: The results were sum-marized into three core themes and fourteen sub-themes. The three core themes were ‘Job Characteristics of TDCM,’ ‘Barriers to the effective operation of TDCM,’ and ‘Improvement plans for successful TDCM.’ Conclusion: To establish the function and role of TDCM within the domestic dementia management system, we propose five areas for improvement: 1) Developing a standardized TDCM manual; 2) Quantitative and qualitative expansion of case manager working capacity; 3) Activating a multidisciplinary team approach; 4) Forming a collaborative network between related organizations and local community councils; 5) Active promotion of TDCM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-140
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Korean Gerontological Nursing
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023 May

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Institute of Dementia 2018.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 Korean Gerontological Nursing Society.

Keywords

  • Case management
  • Dementia
  • Focus groups

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

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