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April 15, 2014

Research could help improve dementia care in Saskatchewan

The Health Quality Council (HQC) has analyzed Saskatchewan health care data from 1996-2012 to better understand who (number of people, age, gender, and location) has dementia, and learn about the various types, and sequence, of health care services received by people with dementia.

This is one part of the Gaps in Saskatchewan Dementia Care Research Project involving the Rural Dementia Action Research Team at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and HQC. Researchers at the U of S have gathered information on best practices in dementia care in Canada and elsewhere, and they are comparing those practices to dementia services currently available in urban and rural communities in our province.

The results of this project, to be peer reviewed and published later this year, can be used to improve the quality of care for people who live with dementia.

Collaborating with academic partners on patient-oriented research is an important part of HQC’s mandate.