Resource allocation decision-making in dementia in Ireland is often characterised as being narrow, implicit and provider-driven, with little knowledge about how priorities are set and addressed, and to what effect. The absence of people with dementia from the decision-making process does much to undermine personhood and citizenship within dementia in Ireland. The aim of this study is to address optimality in resource allocation decision-making for people with dementia, thereby facilitating a more person-centred, equitable and visible resource allocation process linked to the National Dementia Strategy, which includes the provision of personalised, community-based supports for people with dementia. The research questions the project seeks to address are:
· What is current resource allocation for people with dementia in Ireland?
· What is the optimal level and mix of services for different dementia case types in Ireland?
· Can we develop stakeholder consensus on optimal care services for complex dementia case types, subject to budget constraints?
· What are the cost and funding implications of optimal community-based provision for different dementia case types?
Health Research Board Applied Partnership Award