Providing education about Alzheimer's disease

Sullivan, Karen A. & O'Conor, Frances M. (2001) Providing education about Alzheimer's disease. Aging and Mental Health, 5(1), pp. 5-13.

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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.

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ID Code: 5546
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Alzheimers disease, carers, dementia, Sullivan
DOI: 10.1080/13607860020020582
ISSN: 1360-7863
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Aging & Mental Health 5(1):pp. 5-13.
Deposited On: 23 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:35

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