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Randomised controlled trial
Self-management programme for people with dementia and their spouses demonstrates some benefits, but the model has limitations
  1. Gail Mountain
  1. University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Professor Gail Mountain, University of Sheffield, 30 Regent Street, Regent Court, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK; g.a.mountain{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Promotion of self-management is important following dementia diagnosis, but questions remain regarding the level of disease severity which renders self-management unachievable.

  • Group-based self-management interventions are valued by those who participate but ability to tailor to individual needs is important.

  • Researchers must work with people with dementia to coproduce and test the acceptability of these complex interventions.

  • Researchers also need to consider what the benefits of self-management are for people with dementia and select the most appropriate outcomes to test the efficacy of such interventions.


Self-management for people with dementia has been a neglected area for practice and research. However, the recently acknowledged importance of post-diagnostic support is leading to questions regarding how to encourage self-management in people following diagnosis and limit excess …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.