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Should a Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease be Disclosed?

Sullivan, Karen A. & O'Conor, Frances M. (2001) Should a Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease be Disclosed? Aging and Mental Health, 5(4), pp. 340-348.

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Abstract

There is evidence that some health practitioners may be reluctant to disclose a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) to patients (Clafferty, Brown, & McCabe, 1998; Drickamer & Lachs, 1992; Fortinsky, Leighton, & Wasson, 1995; Kirby & Maguire, 1998; Maguire et al., 1996; Rice & Warner, 1994; Rice, Warner, Tye & Bayer, 1997). However, this reluctance towards disclosure may not be in accordance with patient expectation (Erde, Evan, Nadal, & Scholl, 1988; Holroyd, Snustad, & Chalifoux, 1996; Kirby & Maguire, 1998; Maguire et al., 1996; Vassilas & Donaldson, 1998). This study examined the attitudes of 100 undergraduate psychology students towards disclosure practices in relation to AD, before and after exposure to AD education. After AD education, 93% of participants indicated a desire to be informed of a diagnosis of AD, and 95% of participants were in favour of telling a close relative a diagnosis of AD. Results are discussed in terms of the relationship between age and attitudes towards AD diagnosis. It is concluded that the high rate of support for disclosure of AD diagnoses to patients among younger adults may reflect a change in the information preferences of patients brought about by a shift away from a patriarchal medical model, toward a more autonomous model of health.

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ID Code: 6621
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Karen Sullivan, Alzheimer's disease, psychology, neuropsychology
DOI: 10.1080/13607860120080297
ISSN: 1364-6915
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology Psychopharmacology Physiological Psychology) (170101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
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 and Mental Health 5(4):pp. 340-348.
Deposited On: 15 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:38

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