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Impact of dementia literacy interventions for non-health-professionals: systematic review and meta-analysis


Nguyen, H and Phan, HT and Terry, D and Doherty, K and McInerney, F, Impact of dementia literacy interventions for non-health-professionals: systematic review and meta-analysis, Aging and Mental Health pp. 1-15. ISSN 1360-7863 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13607863.2021.1884843


Objectives: To assess evidence regarding the effects of interventions aimed at improving dementia literacy for different groups of non-health-professionals.

Methods: A systematic search for relevant interventions was conducted using a range of online databases (e.g. CINAHL, Embase, Medline, ProQuest, and PsycINFO) and hand-searching of reference lists. Eligible interventions were identified based on predefined inclusion/exclusion criteria and methodological quality criteria. Meta analyses were performed using a random-effects model.

Results: The final review included 14 interventions, which were either randomised controlled trials or non-randomised controlled trials. The interventions had varied contents, approaches, settings, and outcome measures. Evidence of improved dementia literacy in various aspects was found, and the intervention effects were strongest on knowledge of dementia.

Discussion: There is evidence for the positive impact of dementia literacy interventions on different groups of non-health-professionals. Best practices in intervention contents, approaches, and outcome measures should be examined to guide future interventions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dementia literacy, interventions, meta-analysis, systematic review
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Nguyen, H (Dr Hoang Nguyen)
UTAS Author:Phan, HT (Dr Hoang Phan)
UTAS Author:Doherty, K (Dr Kathleen Doherty)
UTAS Author:McInerney, F (Professor Fran McInerney)
ID Code:145219
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2021-07-12
Last Modified:2021-09-28

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