Systematic assessment tools are helpful for improving and maintaining quality of care. The Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale (IPOS) was developed for systematic assessment of persons receiving palliative care in a patient-centred way. A version of this tool, the Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale for Dementia (IPOS-Dem), has been developed for patients with dementia. The aim of this study was to develop a version of the IPOS-Dem translated into Swedish and culturally adapted to a Swedish care setting.
Forward and backward translations from English into Swedish were performed to develop a first Swedish version. This version was modified for clarity and cultural adaptation based on 13 interviews with nurses and assistant nurses working in geriatrics and dementia care homes.
The interview process revealed several issues with the first version that emerged from the translation process. This was changed and further tested to work well, resulting in the final version of the Swedish IPOS-Dem. The tool was perceived as clinically useful but somewhat overlapping with already implemented tools for assessing behavioural and psychological symptoms in dementia.
The Swedish version of the IPOS-Dem can now be used as a tool for assessing palliative care related problems and concerns for persons with advanced dementia. Future studies can focus on implementation as well as examining validity and reliability of this tool in a Swedish context.

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