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Providing education about Alzheimer's disease

By Karen A. Sullivan and Frances M. O'Conor

Abstract

Improving carers' knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has been associated with benefits for carer well being (Dieckmann, Zarit, Zarit, & Gatz, 1988; Graham, Ballard, & Sham, 1997b). This has lead to recognition of the need to systematically evaluate dementia education tools (Graham, Ballard, & Sham, 1997a; Moniz-Cook & Woods, 1997; Ostwald, Hepburn, Caron, Burns, & Mantell, 1999). In this study dementia knowledge was measured pre- and post- interventions designed to improve knowledge in a sample of 100 undergraduate students. Dementia education materials were selected from existing resources that are readily accessible and are recommended for use in clinical settings (American Psychiatric Association (APA), 1997; Boise, Morgan, Kaye, & Camicolli, 1999). Subjects were allocated to one of four conditions including a control group. Subjects allocated to education conditions were asked to view a video on AD, read written information about the disease, or do both. Results showed that education improved knowledge of AD, as measured by increased scores on a dementia knowledge questionnaire. This study has important implications for public education about dementia and resource allocation for service providers

Topics: 170106 Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology, Alzheimers disease, carers, dementia, Sullivan
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2001
DOI identifier: 10.1080/13607860020020582
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:5546

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