The Dementia Outcomes Measurement Suite Project
One of the achievements for AHOC in 2007 was the completion of the Dementia Outcomes Measurement Suite Project (DOMS) for the Australian Department of Health and Ageing in October. The 935-page final report outlined the review of over 800 instruments to find the best measures to assess the status and symptoms of people with dementia. The scope of the project included recommending a set of instruments suitable for routine use in the Australian health care sector in the areas of dementia specific assessment, health related quality of life, cognitive assessment, social participation, associated behavioural and mental symptoms, functioning, utility and satisfaction measures.
The recommendations contained in the report will help to standardise the assessment, screening and outcomes evaluation procedures used in the field and enhance the comparability of findings across research and practice settings.
Sansoni J, Marosszeky N, Jeon Y-H, Chenoweth L, Hawthorne G, King M, Budge M, Zapart S, Sansoni E, Senior K, Kenny P, Low L (2007) Final Report: Dementia Outcomes Measurement Suite Project. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong.
Sansoni J, Marosszeky N, Hawthorne G and Sansoni E (2009) Some highlights of the Australian dementia outcomes measurement suite (DOMS) project: social isolation. Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease, 11-16 Jul 2009, Vienna, Austria. Alzheimer's & Dementia 5 4 (2009) P90.
Sansoni J, Marosszeky N and Sansoni E (2008) The Dementia Outcomes Measurement Suite: tools for practice improvement (Guest lecture series). Eastern Australia Dementia Training and Study Centre (EADTSC), University of Wollongong, 19 August 2008.