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Knowledge of Alzheimer's disease amongst patients, carers, and non-carer adults: Misconceptions, knowledge gaps, and correct beliefs

Sullivan, Karen A., Muscat, Tracey M., & Mulgrew, Kate E. (2007) Knowledge of Alzheimer's disease amongst patients, carers, and non-carer adults: Misconceptions, knowledge gaps, and correct beliefs. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 23(2), pp. 148-159.

Abstract

Background: There is limited previous research that has examined level of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) knowledge and misconceptions using a structured questionnaire across a range of samples. To address this gap the current study investigated knowledge, knowledge gaps and misconceptions about AD in a sample of non-carers, caregivers, and individual's with Alzheimer's Disease. Method: A modified version of the Alzheimer's Disease Knowledge (ADK) test was administered to 13 carers, 20 non-carer older adults, and 10 people with AD. Two sets of analyses were undertaken, first to identify group differences in the amount of knowledge reported by each group and second, to determine the nature of peoples' understanding of AD. Results: Overall level of knowledge in the three groups was quite poor. Whilst carers had significantly greater AD knowledge than non-carers or patients, carers correctly answered approximately 50% of items only. Relative to non-carers and AD patients, carers demonstrated a higher number of commonly held correct beliefs than participants in the other two groups, who held relatively few correct beliefs. All three groups had some misconceptions about AD. Conclusions: These findings suggest that education programs targeting the elderly community in general and AD patients specifically may be needed, but also that carer knowledge of AD could be further improved. Future educational interventions could be tailored to address the knowledge needs of each of the groups identified in this study. In particular, the need to address misconceptions and knowledge gaps shared by more than one group should be a priority.

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ID Code: 6829
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Author contact details: ka.sullivan@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Karen Sullivan, Alzheimer's disease, Alzheimer's disease knowledge test, misconceptions, patient education
ISSN: 0882-7524
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 2007 Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
Copyright Statement: This is the author-version of the work. The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, < Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation 23(2):pp. 148-159, 2007 © < Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
Deposited On: 30 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:36

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