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Table 2 Quantity, quality and type of identified literature by topic heading

From: Evidence of what works to support and sustain care at home for people with dementia: a literature review with a systematic approach

Topic Subtopic Items classified as high quality (study types) Items classified as medium quality (study types
Early intervention and post diagnostic services Early intervention (anticipatory/on diagnosis) 19 (11 Literature reviews; 1 Cohort study; 7 Other (2 Program descriptions; Practice guidelines; test of MCI screening tools; Practice-based reflection; Policy analysis; Program evaluation)) 18 (12 Literature reviews; 1 Economic evaluation; 3 Qualitative studies; 2 Other (Descriptive service overview, report of survey))
  Post diagnostic support 18 (9 Literature reviews; 1 Controlled clinical trial (CCT); 3 Qualitative studies; 5 Other (2 Program descriptions; practice-based reflection; Retrospective case review; Program evaluation)) 23 (7 Literature reviews; 1 Randomised controlled trial (RCT); 2 Controlled clinical trials (CCT); 3 Qualitative studies; 1 Non-controlled Before and After study; 5 Other (2 Cross-sectional studies; 2 Service overviews; 2 Reports of surveys; Program evaluation; 2 Retrospective case reviews; Study protocol))
Community-based services supporting people with dementia living in their own homes Self directed support 3 (1 Literature review; 1 Qualitative study; 1 Other (practice-based reflection)) 3 (1 Literature review; 2 Other (Reports of survey; Program evaluation))
  Community-based support 16 (5 Literature reviews; 1 Controlled clinical trial (CCT); 4 Qualitative studies; 6 Other (Multi-method study; 2 Program evaluations; Practice-based reflection; Report of survey; Policy analysis)) 14 (5 Literature reviews; 1 Controlled clinical trial (CCT); 1 Economic evaluation; 7 Other (Cross-sectional study; Service evaluation; Program evaluation; 2 Reports of surveys; Service description; Study protocol))
  Domiciliary support 11 (3 Literature reviews; 1 Controlled clinical trial (CCT); 4 Qualitative studies; 3 Other (Report of survey; Program evaluation; Policy analysis)) 16 (5 Literature reviews; 3 Qualitative studies; 8 Other (2 Cross-sectional studies; 2 Reports of surveys; Program evaluation; Service evaluation; Service overview; Study protocol))
  Rapid response 4 (1 Literature review; 3 Other (Report of survey; Program evaluation; Retrospective case review)) 4 (1 Qualitative study; 3 Other (Report of survey; Program evaluation; Service evaluation))
  Enablement, re-ablement and rehabilitation 16 (11 Literature reviews; 2 Qualitative studies; 3 Other (Report of survey; Program description; Program evaluation)) 18 (13 Literature reviews; 1 Qualitative study; 5 Other (Retrospective case review; Program evaluation; 2 Reports of surveys))
  Managing medication 4 (1 Literature review; 1 Controlled clinical trial (CCT); 2 Qualitative studies) 7 (2 Literature reviews; 5 Other (Service evaluation; Service description; Study protocol; Report of survey; Retrospective drug use study))
  Day services 6 (4 Literature reviews; 2 Qualitative studies) 2(2 Other (Cross-sectional study; Report of survey)
Hospital-related areas of interest Intermediate care 8 (4 Literature reviews; 1 Controlled clinical trial (CCT); 1 Qualitative study; 2 Other (Multi-method study; Policy analysis)) 4 (1 Literature review; 1 Qualitative study; 2 Other (Program evaluation; Report of survey))
  Preventing unnecessary admission 13 (8 Literature reviews; 2 Qualitative studies; 3 Other (Case study; 2 Program evaluations)) 10 (2 Literature reviews; 1 Qualitative study; 7 Other (Cross-sectional study; Service evaluation; Program evaluation; Retrospective case review; Report of survey; Service description; Study protocol))
  Community hospitals 4 (2 Literature reviews; 2 Other (Retrospective case review; Program evaluation)) 2 (2 Other (Report of a survey; Program evaluation)
  Reductions in length of stay 6 (3 Literature reviews; 1 Cohort study; 2 Other (2 Program evaluations)) 5 (1 Cohort study; 4 Other (2 Retrospective case reviews; Report of survey; Program evaluation))
  Discharge 5 (1 Literature review; 1 Cohort study; 3 Other (Multi-method study; 2 Program evaluations)) 6 ((1 Literature review; 1 Cohort study; 1 Qualitative study; 3 Other (Cross-sectional study; Report of survey; Program evaluation))
Informal/unpaid care   27 (13 Literature reviews; 1 Controlled clinical trial (CCT); 6 Qualitative studies; 7 Other (Case study; Literature-based concept analysis; Meta-analysis; Multi-method study; Retrospective case review; Policy analysis)) 25 (11 Literature reviews; 1 Randomised controlled trial (RCT); 1 Controlled clinical trial (CCT); 3 Qualitative studies; 9 Other (2 Cross-sectional studies; Study protocol; 3 Service descriptions; 2 Reports of surveys; Program evaluation))
Workforce and service delivery*    
  Joint working/ partnership working 16 (7 Literature reviews; 1 Controlled clinical trial (CCT); 4 Qualitative studies; 4 Other (Report of survey; 2 Program evaluations; Policy analysis)) 11 (3 Literature reviews; 3 Qualitative studies; 5 Other (Cross-sectional study; Study protocol; Service description; Report of survey; Program evaluation))
  Integrated care/ teams 16 (7 Literature reviews; 1 Controlled clinical trial (CCT); 4 Qualitative studies; 4 Other (Report of survey; 2 Program evaluations; Policy analysis)) 11 (3 Literature reviews; 1 Non-controlled Before and After study; 2 Qualitative studies; 5 Other (Cross-sectional study; Study protocol; Service description; Report of survey; Program evaluation))
  Consistency and quality of home care (staff training and support) 10 (2 Literature reviews; 4 Qualitative studies; 4 Other)  
(Literature-based concept analysis; Report of survey; Program evaluation; Policy analysis)) 15 (7 Literature reviews; 1 Economic evaluation; 2 Qualitative studies; 5 Other   
(Study protocol; Service description; 2 Reports of surveys; Program evaluation)    
  Delivery of community nursing 5 (2 Literature reviews; 2 Qualitative studies; 1 Other)  
(Policy analysis) 6 (2 Literature reviews; 4 Other   
(Service evaluation; Study protocol; 2 Reports of surveys)    
  1. *Literature on Community-based support and Day services was also examined for discussions of workforce issues as part of the consideration of ‘Workforce and service delivery’.