The £2.2million NIHR funded DACHA study (Developing research resources and minimum data set for care homes’ adoption and use) is an ARC East of England supported study being led by the University of Hertfordshire.
The four-year project started in November 2019. It is divided into five work packages. The 14 collaborators come from seven ARCs, nine universities, the National Care Forum, The Health Foundation, and the Alzheimer’s Society Research Network.


  • In the last ten years research in and with care homes has increased in recognition of the complex health and social care needs of this population

  • Care homes, visiting clinicians, commissioners and regulators collect information about residents, needs, preferences, and care

  • There is no consistent approach across organisations as to how this information is organised, managed and shared.

  • Care home residents are in the last year(s) of life and some are high users of the NHS services​

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