Memory cafes are a community-based support for people with dementia and their carers.
Run by volunteers generally twice a month, they are now an established feature of dementia services in the UK and elsewhere. Despite there being implied benefits for the people that use them, there is limited evidence on their structure, aims and potential impact.
Using a realist approach, Lisa Burrows, a PenCLAHRC PhD student, is exploring how they work, for whom and in what situations and why.
The first stage a realist review explored how and why memory cafes may be working by examining mechanisms that lead to particular outcomes and the contextual differences that influence these mechanisms.
For the second phase, a realist evaluation, a series of observations and in-situ interviews with people with dementia, carers and volunteers is being carried out in four cafes, over a ten month period. The programme theories from the review are being tested and refined during the evaluation stage to enable a conceptual model of memory cafes to be developed.
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