This project developed and validated a questionnaire to evaluate risks to elderly people suffering from dementia and living at home. The questionnaire aimed to identify and reduce risks by assessing appropriate interventions and the impact of counselling the informal caregiver. The questionnaire was developed in two versions (short and long) and in two languages (English and French) through pilot work in urban, semi-urban, and rural settings in Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec. Health care practitioners who had referred patients to the project were asked to review their patients’ questionnaires. The response rate from practitioners was over 50 per cent in Quebec, only 15 per cent in Alberta, and zero in British Columbia. The authors feel that this tool can be used in all provinces to provide a structured assessment interview, particularly on first meeting with a patient who has dementia and is living at home.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.