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Funded Project Details - FY2021

Project Number:

Title: Montessori Approaches in Person-Centered Care (MAP-VA): An Effectiveness-Implementation Trial in Community Living Centers
Principal Investigator:

Michelle M. Hilgeman

Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
Congressional District Code: 7
Research Service: Health Services R&D
Project Period: February 2021 - January 2025
FY 2021 Funding Amount: $271,011
Total Award Amount
(all years):
Abstract: View full abstract and other project information on NIH RePORTER


Background: VA Community Living Center (CLC) staff struggle to address behavioral and neuropsychiatric symptoms of Veterans with dementia and serious mental illness (SMI) such as schizophrenia. These behaviors of distress (agitation, aggression, and mood disturbance) are not just associated with staff stress and burnout; they also hasten residents’ functional decline, decrease quality of life, and increase mortality. Staff training in non-pharmacological interventions can be effective. Yet syste...

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