Definitions

Dementia

  • Dementia is a broad term used to describe complex, progressive brain diseases that encompasses a variety of different impairments involving cognition, behaviour, mood, and functional ability
  • Patients with dementia become more vulnerable over time
  • Although the causes of dementia and the biological and physical processes that result in the signs and symptoms of dementia (aetiology and pathophysiology) have been described, there are still many unknowns
  • Dementia is an evolving concept as advances in understanding the diseases are made
  • Dementia has ethical, legal, economic, cultural and regulatory impacts on society.

Quick Tip: Would you like to know more about dementia?
Are you a new researcher to the dementia field or would you like to know more?  Here are links to several resources that you might find useful:

BC Northern Health’s on-line dementia orientation e-learning tutorial

Alzheimer’s Association: What we know today about Alzheimer’s disease


KT

KT is the process that ‘allows the appropriate knowledge to be used when and where it is appropriate’. If you would like to learn more about Knowledge Translation (KT) in general, click here to go to the Introduction to KT section.


DKT

Dementia Knowledge Translation (DKT) is the process of translating dementia research into practice.  This brings about changes in health care that align evidence with best practice.

Dementia Knowledge Translation (DKT) is instrumental in the movement of research into clinical translation and the public sphere.

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