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Room for improvement: an online survey of allied health professionals' dementia knowledge


Lawler, K and Kitsos, A and Bindoff, AD and Callisaya, ML and Eccleston, CEA and Doherty, KV, Room for improvement: an online survey of allied health professionals' dementia knowledge, Australasian Journal on Ageing pp. 1-7. ISSN 1440-6381 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/ajag.12886



To evaluate the dementia knowledge of allied health professionals and identify their specific learning needs.


An online survey was conducted with allied health professionals enrolled in the Understanding Dementia Massive Open Online Course, a free course open to anyone, worldwide. The primary outcome measure was the Dementia Knowledge Assessment Scale, assessed prior to course commencement.


The survey was completed by 1591 participants. The mean dementia knowledge score was 35.0 (SD 8.4), with 13% (n=207) achieving a target score of 45/50 or above, indicating comprehensive dementia knowledge. Key knowledge gaps were in the areas of dementia onset and non‐pharmacological management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.


Allied health professionals surveyed had significant gaps in dementia knowledge. Educators planning dementia curriculum for allied health professionals could consider addressing areas of knowledge related to the identified items, with view to providing a foundation for excellence in dementia care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dementia, knowledge, allied health, clinical competence, education
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Neurology and neuromuscular diseases
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lawler, K (Dr Katherine Lawler)
UTAS Author:Kitsos, A (Mr Alex Kitsos)
UTAS Author:Bindoff, AD (Mr Aidan Bindoff)
UTAS Author:Callisaya, ML (Dr Michele Callisaya)
UTAS Author:Eccleston, CEA (Dr Claire Eccleston)
UTAS Author:Doherty, KV (Dr Kathleen Doherty)
ID Code:142736
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2021-02-09
Last Modified:2022-08-23

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