Clarissa Giebel

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Clarissa is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool. Her research focuses on enabling people with dementia staying at home for as long as possible, whilst addressing potential health inequalities in accessing the right care. She is currently leading the first Covid-19 dementia study in the UK, exploring the effects of social service closures on the lives of people with dementia and unpaid carers. In her role as postdoctoral research associate at the NIHR ARC NWC, Clarissa is the Principal Investigator on a number of dementia and health inequalities projects. This includes a European Alzheimer's Society funded project into health inequalities in dementia care access in England and the Netherlands, also collecting Young Onset dementia specific data in Australia. Further funded international collaborations in dementia care include Colombia and Chile. She is also involved in the North West Coast Household Health Survey, looking at health inequalities in health service usage across the population. In addition, Clarissa is leading a care home collaboration, where she works jointly with colleagues from the Netherlands on implementing changes to a local Liverpool-based care home and developing a UK Dementia Village. Additional collaborations and projects include working with the Brain Charity evaluating social support groups for people with dementia, and with the Liverpool House of Memories to look into evaluating their intervention for family carers of people living with dementia and care professionals, and trying to roll the intervention out to other neighbourhoods.

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Allowing visitors back into nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Clarissa Giebel reviews a mixed-methods Dutch study and accompanying guidance, which recommends a safe way to allow visitors back into nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A roadmap to advance dementia research and care by 2025

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Clarissa Giebel unfolds and reviews a new roadmap to advance dementia research in prevention, diagnosis, intervention and care by 2025.

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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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