DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afad246.127 ISSN: 0002-0729

1992 Long-term condition reviews in General Practice: The experiences of people with Dementia and their informal carers

J Cole, H M Parretti, S Hanson, M Hornberger
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Aging
  • General Medicine


“I would imagine it needed a review…” A Qualitative Study Exploring the Experiences of People with Dementia and their Informal Carers of Long-term Condition Reviews in Primary Care


Multimorbidity is common for people with dementia (PWD) and is associated with increased healthcare utilisation and poorer outcomes. Part of the management of long-term conditions (LTCs) occurs through annual LTC reviews conducted in primary care. Little is known about the experiences or needs of people with dementia and informal carers in regard to LTC reviews.


To explore the experiences of PWD and their informal carers of the review and management of LTCs in primary care.


Qualitative research study, protocol informed by discussion with people with lived experience as an informal carer. Institutional ethical approval (ref ETH2122-1035, University of East Anglia) was granted 25/3/2022. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with PWD and informal carers recruited through Join Dementia Research and local (to Norfolk, UK) charities. Thematic analysis was undertaken with reference to Braun and Clarke (2006).


16 participants were interviewed: two PWD, 10 informal carers and two informal care/PWD dyads. Our findings fall into four main themes: 1) What matters to people; medication optimisation and holistic care 2) What is a review; the diversity of experiences 3) The importance of communication and 4) Preference for shared decision making.


Consideration should be given to ensuring patients and carers are aware when a LTC review will take place and providing an opportunity to be involved, thus allowing shared decision making and patient centred care. Further research into the clinician experience and their views on patients’ needs and how to meet them is required to inform how LTC reviews for people with dementia can be optimised.

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