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Tamara Backhouse

University of East Anglia

Tamara Backhouse

Tamara has extensive past experience of working as a paid carer in care homes with older and/or vulnerable adults. She is a post-doctoral research fellow in dementia care based at the University of East Anglia.


Countries UK;
Topics Care innovations; Community-based LTC; Dementia care and support; Person-centered care; Residential LTC services; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Ethnography; Literature reviews and synthesis; Mixed methods; Qualitative studies; Quantitative data analysis; Questionnaire; Systematic Review; Theory of Change;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Community-based approaches to dementia care; Employment Education and Family carers; Strengthening Responses to Dementia;
Research interests

Tamara’s research interests include: improving the lives of people with dementia receiving care, care strategies, dementia care, care homes, home care, family carers, and risk.

Key publications

Backhouse T, Jeon Y-H, Killett A, Green J, Khondoker M, Mioshi E. Nurturing attentiveness: a naturalistic observation study of personal care interactions between people with advanced dementia and their caregivers. Gerontologist; in press.

Backhouse, T., Killett, A., Mioshi, E., Khondoker, M. 2022. What are the factors associated with people with advanced dementia refusing assistance with personal care? International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Backhouse, T., Ruston, A., Killett, A., Ward, R., Rose-Hunt, J., & Mioshi, E. (2022). Risks and risk mitigation in homecare for people with dementia—A two-sided matter: A systematic review. Health & Social Care in the Community, 00, 1–20.

Backhouse, T., Jeon, Y-H., Killett, A., Mioshi, E. (2022) How do family carers and care-home staff manage refusals when assisting a person with advanced dementia with their personal care? Dementia. 21(8) 2458–2475.

Backhouse, T. & Daly, R. L., (2021) “Acting ethically is down to you”: Applying ethical protocols in qualitative fieldwork in care homes, Quality in Ageing and Older Adults.

Backhouse T, Ruston A. Home-care workers’ experiences of assisting people with dementia with their personal care: A qualitative interview study. Health Soc Care Community. 2021 May 31. doi: 10.1111/hsc.13445. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34057255