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Who Knows, Who Cares? Dementia knowledge among nurses, care workers, and family members of people living with dementia


Robinson, A and Eccleston, C and Annear, M and Elliott, K-E and Andrews, S and Stirling, C and Ashby, M and Donohue, C and Banks, S and Toye, C and McInerney, F, Who Knows, Who Cares? Dementia knowledge among nurses, care workers, and family members of people living with dementia, Journal of Palliative Care, 30, (3) pp. 158-165. ISSN 0825-8597 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/082585971403000305


The number of people with dementia is increasing rapidly worldwide. Commensurate with population ageing, the use of nursing homes in Australia (known as residential aged care facilities) for individuals with dementia is growing. As a terminal condition, dementia is best managed by instituting a palliative approach to care. A good knowledge of dementia, including its progression and management, among staff and families of people living with dementia is essential for clear decision making and the provision of appropriate care. Yet there is limited information regarding relative levels of dementia knowledge. This paper reports the results of a study that assessed dementia knowledge among these two cohorts using the Dementia Knowledge Assessment Tool; the study surveyed 279 staff members and 164 family members of residents with dementia. Dementia knowledge deficits were evident in both cohorts across a range of areas. It is critical that dementia knowledge deficits are identified and addressed in order to support evidence based dementia care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dementia knowledge, palliative care, nursing, care workers, family
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Robinson, A (Professor Andrew Robinson)
UTAS Author:Eccleston, C (Dr Claire Eccleston)
UTAS Author:Annear, M (Dr Michael Annear)
UTAS Author:Elliott, K-E (Dr Kate-Ellen Elliott)
UTAS Author:Andrews, S (Dr Sharon Andrews)
UTAS Author:Stirling, C (Professor Christine Stirling)
UTAS Author:Ashby, M (Dr Michael Ashby)
UTAS Author:Banks, S (Dr Susan Banks)
UTAS Author:McInerney, F (Professor Fran McInerney)
ID Code:94839
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:77
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-09-18
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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