Clarissa Giebel

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Clarissa is a postdoctoral researcher in the field of dementia at the University of East Anglia and she is currently finishing her PhD exploring the link between cognition and everyday activities in dementia at The University of Manchester. She has worked on several projects in the field of dementia: 1. South Asian ethnic minority perceptions of dementia and access to care; 2. Transition from community living to nursing home placements in people with dementia; 3. Effective home support services in dementia; 4. Community mental health teams for older people.

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Identifying cultural issues in diagnostic assessment: the Cultural Formulation Interview

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Clarissa Giebel considers the feasibility, acceptability and clinical utility of the Cultural Formulation Interview; a tool designed to remove barriers to effective diagnosis for people from black and minority ethnic groups.

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Long-term care placement for people with dementia

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Clarissa Giebel reports on a systematic review and meta-analysis of factors predicting care placement of dementia sufferers into long-term care facilities.

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Impact of functional alterations on quality of life in Alzheimer disease

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Clarissa Giebel analyses a qualitative study of how functional alterations impact quality of life in Alzheimer disease.

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Cognitive stimulation therapy for dementia

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Clarissa Giebel summarises a multicentre RCT that assesses the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of individual cognitive stimulation therapy for dementia.

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Empowering patients can lead to fewer hospital readmissions, according to small RCT

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Clarissa Giebel presents the findings of a small RCT that evaluates the impact of a social work care coordination intervention on hospital readmissions in older adults.

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Do house calls benefit older adults with dementia?

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Clarissa Giebel looks at a US study on the impact of ‘house calls’ on health and social service use by people with dementia, and asks some critical questions of the research.

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Reducing antipsychotic use in people with dementia living in nursing homes

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Clarissa Giebel highlights a recent RCT, which concludes that antipsychotic use by people with dementia in nursing homes can be effectively reduced through the use of a review protocol, which includes regular scrutiny of prescriptions and targeted education for physicians and nurses.

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Psychotherapies for depression and anxiety in dementia

The study highlighted a lack of evidence about what CMHT services work for older people.

Clarissa Giebel summarises a recent systematic review that investigates the effectiveness of various psychotherapies (CBT, interpersonal therapy, counselling) for depression and anxiety in people with dementia or mild cognitive impairment.

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The impact of co-ordinated community-based care for older people

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Clarissa Giebel examines a US study on a community-based support for older people and finds that ‘the little things’ can mean a lot, particularly for prevention and quality of life.

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Living positively with dementia: findings from a qualitative systematic review

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Clarissa Giebel finds a lot to discuss in a recent qualitative systematic review about living positively with dementia.

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