The DARES Study / ISRCTN99651465

Study ID(s) and Acronym(s)
ISRCTN99651465 // RP/2008/64) // DARES
Current Status of Trial
Study Aim
Treatment Dementia
Study Design
Intervention type
Education Reminiscence-based Programme for Staff (SERPS)
Dosage and Duration
Staff participants in long-stay units randomised to the experimental arm will attend the DARES structured education reminiscence-based programme for staff (SERPS), which will be delivered over three days; starting with two consecutive days and a third day, 6 weeks later. The DARES research team will provide telephone support to staff participants during the study period (22-25 weeks post randomisation) and will conduct one support visit to each unit within this period. The SERPS is founded on the DARES programme philosophy of empowerment of staff participants, including identifying what participants perceive to be important and what they feel they need to know. The concepts of learner-centeredness and adult learning are at the core of the programme, and those teaching the programme will adopt a facilitator-participant role, as this is considered central to modelling an empowerment philosophy. Staff participants will be trained to enable them to incorporate reminiscence in the care of residents with dementia
Absolute Number of Participants
18 residential units
Health Status/Diagnosis
Country or Countries of Recruitment
Unit of Allocation and/or Setting
Residential Homes (long-stay units)
Study start date
December 2008
Study completion date
Anticipated end date: November 2011
Primary outcomes
Primary outcome measure: Quality of Life of residents as measured by the Quality of Life-AD (QOL-AD) instrument//Secondary outcome measures: 1. Agitation, measured using the Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory (CMAI) 2. Depression, measured using the Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia 3. Staff attitudes to residents with dementia and perceived care burden will be assessed using a modified version of the Zarit Burden Interview All outcomes will be measured at baseline and at 22 to 25 weeks post randomisation
Key Points
18 residential units with 17 participants per unit