Holly Walton studentship

Evaluating the implementation of a social intervention to promote independence in dementia


PhD Student
Holly Walton
PhD Supervisors
Professor Susan Michie (UCL), Dr Aimee Spector (UCL), Dr Ildiko Tombor (UCL)
Start and end dates
2015 - 2018
Funder Economic and Social Research Council - 1+3 studentship


Project details

Effective psychosocial interventions to help people with dementia maintain independence are necessary, yet interventions are often not implemented successfully. Robust methods are needed to monitor and understand the implementation of interventions to fully understand intervention outcomes.

This PhD project aims to:

  • Review the relevant implementation literature
  • To develop methods which will be used to monitor implementation (fidelity of delivery and engagement) of the Promoting Independence in Dementia (PRIDE) intervention
  • To monitor the fidelity of delivery of, and engagement with, the PRIDE intervention
  • To understand factors affecting implementation, including barriers and facilitators to delivery and engagement
  • To design a behaviour change intervention to improve implementation

This research will use a combination of observational and self-report methods to monitor fidelity of delivery and engagement. Qualitative interviews will be conducted to understand the barriers and facilitators to implementation.

Information about the Promoting Independence in Dementia intervention can be found at the programme’s website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychiatry/pride.