Overiew, Research, and ProcessBuilding Consensus for the Alzheimer's Association Dementia Care Practice RecommendationsGould, Elizabeth MSW, LCSW; Tilly, Jane DrPH; Reed, Peter PhD Author Information Elizabeth Gould, MSW, LCSW, is Associate Director of Clinical Care at the National Office of the Alzheimer's Association, Chicago, Illinois. In conjunction with the Public Policy Division, she is working to promote quality dementia care in health and long-term care settings through development of provider practice recommendations, consumer education, Web-based applications, and training curricula. She is a licensed clinical social worker with 17 years of experience in geriatrics and dementia care. Jane Tilly, DrPH, is Director for Quality Care Advocacy for the National Office of the Alzheimer's Association, Washington, DC. She is responsible for policy analysis and advocacy related to long-term care and quality issues. Part of her work involves serving as co-director of the Association's Campaign for Quality Residential Care. Before joining the Association in 2003, Jane was a Senior Research Associate at The Urban Institute in Washington, District of Columbia. Prior to that, she managed long-term care policy research for the AARP Public Policy Institute. Peter Reed, PhD, is Senior Director of Programs for the National Office of the Alzheimer's Association, Chicago, Illinois. In this role he leads the development and delivery of Association care and support programming for people affected by Alzheimer's disease and dementia, including people with dementia, families, and professionals. He received his training in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina, where he is a Fellow of the Institute on Aging Carolina Program on Healthcare and Aging Research. Address correspondence to: Elizabeth Gould, MSW, LCSW, Alzheimer's Association, 225 N Michigan Ave, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 ([email protected]) Alzheimer's Care Today: January 2008 - Volume 9 - Issue 1 - p 18-23 doi: 10.1097/01.ALCAT.0000309011.32093.6e Buy Metrics Abstract The Alzheimer's Association used a consultative, consensus-building process to develop 3 phases of dementia care practice recommendations that address, in detail, 7 critical areas—food and fluid intake, pain management, social isolation, wandering, falls, physical restraints, and end-of-life care. The process involved developing draft recommendations on the basis of the latest research evidence on effective dementia care and vetting the recommendations internally and externally with various groups. In a series of summit meetings, the process included participation of up to 31 national health and long-term care stakeholder groups representing consumers, providers, professionals, and workers. Also, the Association's experts from its national office, 78 Chapters, and early-stage advisory group helped develop the recommendations. After incorporating the extensive feedback and resolving differences, all participating national groups supported the Association's practice recommendations. The process the Association undertook to develop the recommendations is described in this article. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.