On June 12, 2018, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its report, Care Needed: Improving the Lives of People with Dementia. Founded in 1961, the OECD is an intergovernmental economic organization with 37 member countries that work to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.
According to the OECD, "[t]he report advises a set of policies that can help countries to improve diagnosis, strengthen access to care services, improve the quality of care, and support the families and carers of people living with dementia. Measuring and comparing the services that are delivered to people with dementia and the outcomes they achieve is a crucial part of improving dementia care. Most health systems have very poor data on dementia care and countries should work to strengthen the measurement of quality and outcomes of dementia care."
The report's key points and findings include:
The Dementia Justice Society of Canada applauds the OECD for releasing this important policy report on improving the quality and outcomes of dementia care.
Care Needed: Improving the Lives of People with Dementia (OECD, June 2018).