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Roles and usages of neuro service dogs for caregivers living at home with persons with dementia: An exploratory comparative case study

Overview of attention for article published in Dementia, October 2023
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Title
Roles and usages of neuro service dogs for caregivers living at home with persons with dementia: An exploratory comparative case study
Published in
Dementia, October 2023
DOI 10.1177/14713012231204646
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Claude Vincent, Frédéric S Dumont, Annette Rivard, Manon Rogers, Suzette Brémault-Phillips, Cary Brown, Bertrand Achou

Abstract

The goal of the present study was to examine how canine assistance may support family caregivers and persons with dementia and to document and compare two modalities of home care support. An exploratory comparative case study research design was conducted. Three cases correspond of dyads of a caregiver, a person with mild to moderate dementia, and either a neuro service dog (NSD), a companion dog or no dog. Hypotheses are formulated to capture differences between cases. Recruitment was done in a service dog organisation, through Canadian Alzheimer associations and in records of a hospital. Data were collected through 45-60 minutes telephone interviews that included completion of the Caregiver's Burden Scale and sociodemographic questions. We used an inductive approach with qualitative data. There were five caregivers (mean age 54.8 years) who had an NSD, 28 caregivers (63.6 years) who had a companion dog, and 23 caregivers (63.8 years) without dog. In the category of roles and usages of the dog, 'Socialisation' and 'Help with a sense of direction' were the most addressed roles for dyads with the NSD. For dyads with companion dog and without dog, 'Engagement-and-meaning of life' as well as 'Physical activity with the dog' were the most discussed roles. The 'Sleep or wake up' role was the least discussed role across three cases. In the other categories, they were seven advantages and 10 inconvenients that were mentioned for canine assistance. For home care support, the presence of NSD has more positive impacts on both the person with dementia and their caregiver compared to the presence of a companion dog; the presence of a NSD results in the person with dementia accessing more indoor and outdoor public sites than with a companion dog; and dyads with a dog are informally socially engaged more frequently than those with no dog.

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Unknown 9 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Unspecified 1 11%
Student > Bachelor 1 11%
Unknown 7 78%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 1 11%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 11%
Unknown 7 78%
Attention Score in Context

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 29. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 08 November 2023.
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#1,306,785
of 24,820,264 outputs
Outputs from Dementia
#74
of 1,236 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#17,680
of 294,376 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Dementia
#1
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