Title

Professional Perspectives: Views of Service Needs for Individuals Diagnosed With Frontotemporal Dementia and Their Families

Department

Social Work

Date of Paper/Work

2015

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper

Advisors

Rosella Collins-Puoch

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore professional's perspectives on the service needs for people with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) and their families. A qualitative research design was used to obtain data from (n=4) four professionals from a variety of work settings. The results of this study supported previous literature in identifying the challenges in supporting and lack of services for people with FTD and their caregivers. The major theme which emerged in this research was that there is a need for FTD specific services. The subthemes which emerged to support this theme included: physical activities, more staffing, individualization, collaboration, financial barriers, and education. Implications for future include the need for social workers to provide education and advocate for service needs for people with FTD and their caregiver in multiple levels. In additional to exploring professional perspectives is imperative that future research explore the service and support needs from the perspective of those providing care for individuals diagnosed with FTD.

Keywords

service needs, frontotemporal dementia, professional perspectives

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