FEATURE TOPIC: Dementia Care: ResearchWhat Matters Most to Carers of People with Mild to Moderate Dementia as Evidence for Transforming CareHAIN, DEBRA DNS, GNP-BC; TOUHY, THERIS A. DNP, GCNS-BC; ENGSTRÖM, GABRIELLA PHD, RN, RNT Author Information Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton (Mss Hain and Touhy); and School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden (Ms Engström). Correspondence: Debra Hain, DNS, GNP-BC Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431 ([email protected]). This research was conducted at the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. This research was supported by the Florida Atlantic University Foundation. Alzheimer's Care Today: July 2010 - Volume 11 - Issue 3 - p 162-171 doi: 10.1097/ACQ.0b013e3181eb98f0 Buy Metrics Abstract There is little evidence on the experience and needs of carers of people with early-stage dementia and few evidence-based interventions to guide them. A qualitative research design was used to explore what matters most to carers of people with mild to moderate dementia to design individualized interventions. A descriptive phenomenological approach was used to analyze transcribed interviews. Three themes captured the essence of what matters most to 10 community dwelling carers. The findings reveal the importance of considering the unique and ongoing needs of carers throughout their journey as health care professionals strive to develop appropriate interventions. © 2010 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.