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Efforts to translate evidence-based dementia interventions into community practice aid in determining effective programs and services. Randomized clinical trials are important to identify efficacy of a treatment or intervention, but translation studies provide useful findings about its impact in the community. Translation studies provide valuable information about care practices that can be successfully delivered in the community and help identify needs for adjustment of the intervention to suit different groups of people (Maslow, 2012; Westfall et al, 2007). However, even with evidence supporting the benefits, only a small portion of published interventions developed become widely disseminated, implemented, and sustained in either clinic or community settings. Most of the translation studies of dementia interventions have been funded by the Administration on Aging through the congressionally mandated Alzheimer’s Disease Services and Supports Program (ADSSP). This presentation will provide a brief overview of barriers and considerations for community translation and focus primarily on the ADSSP grantee experience translating evidence-based dementia interventions to the local community.
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- List three key factors for selecting an intervention
- Describe different participant recruitment tactics
- Understand successful strategies for hiring, training and retaining interventionists
- Define effective approaches for fidelity monitoring
- Identify barriers to community translation of evidence-based dementia interventions