eCite Digital Repository

Multiple views reveal the complexity of dementia diagnosis


Robinson, AL and Emden, CG and Elder, JA and Lea, EJ and Vickers, JC and Turner, P, Multiple views reveal the complexity of dementia diagnosis, Australasian Journal on Ageing, 27, (4) pp. 183-188. ISSN 1440-6381 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1741-6612.2008.00316.x


Objective: To reveal views about dementia diagnosis derived from a larger study of information needs of carers of people with dementia in Tasmania, Australia. Methods: Over 100 participants, including family carers, health professionals and dementia service personnel, met as discrete focus groups. Data pertinent to dementia diagnosis were segregated and subjected to across-group comparative analysis. Results: The term dementia held connotations of stigma and futility, despite stated benefits of having a diagnosis. General practitioners were regarded as pivotal but having inadequate diagnostic and treatment options. While most health professionals advocated a longitudinal diagnostic process, this created considerable stress for family carers who sought a speedy process. Without a diagnosis, some dementia-specific services were undeliverable. Conclusion: Dementia diagnosis is steeped in deep-rooted difficulties and stressful implications, compounded by carers' differing needs and interests. Better understanding between care providers of their conflicting and consistent views could contribute to better dementia care. © 2008 The Authors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to ageing
UTAS Author:Robinson, AL (Professor Andrew Robinson)
UTAS Author:Emden, CG (Dr Carolyn Emden)
UTAS Author:Elder, JA (Ms Jean Elder)
UTAS Author:Lea, EJ (Dr Emma Lea)
UTAS Author:Vickers, JC (Professor James Vickers)
UTAS Author:Turner, P (Associate Professor Paul Turner)
ID Code:55107
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2009-03-05
Last Modified:2009-04-21

Repository Staff Only: item control page