Measuring attitudes of those caring for people living with dementia : A quantitative survey
Vafeas, Caroline, Jacob, Elisabeth and Jacob, Alycia. (2021). Measuring attitudes of those caring for people living with dementia : A quantitative survey. Contemporary Nurse. 56(5-6), pp. 491-504. https://doi.org/10.1080/10376178.2021.1894958
|Authors||Vafeas, Caroline, Jacob, Elisabeth and Jacob, Alycia|
Background: The prevalence of dementia is increasing with more healthcare workers being required to care for people living with this progressive neurological disorder. The knowledge level and attitude of healthcare workers caring for those living with dementia need to be assessed and resources targeted effectively to ensure best quality care is provided. Healthcare workers for the purpose of this paper include anyone employed to care for those living with dementia.
Aim: To investigate the attitudes of healthcare workers towards people living with dementia.
Methods: A survey of 110 healthcare workers was undertaken between October 2016 and December 2017, using the Dementia Attitude Scale to measure attitudes towards people living with dementia. Demographic data were collected by a survey to explore whether a person’s age; cultural background; qualification level; or experience level had an impact on their attitude towards people living with dementia.
Results: The full survey was completed by n = 85 healthcare workers with the majority having strongly positive views about people living with dementia, with an average score of 88.31/100. However, a large number reported being afraid of people living with dementia (n = 76, 89.4%) and would avoid people with dementia who were agitated (n = 51, 61.4%). While 100% (n = 85) agreed or strongly agreed that it was possible to enjoy interacting with people living with dementia, they were more ambivalent with n = 26 (31.6%) strongly agreeing with the statement that working with people living with dementia is rewarding. A significant difference in attitude was found using one-way analysis of variance within groups due to age (p < .000) and cultural background (p < .035).
Conclusions: Healthcare workers within this study had mainly positive attitudes towards people with dementia as demonstrated by the high attitude scores. However, this paper has shown that healthcare workers may require further education to improve attitude and care towards those living with dementia.
|Keywords||dementia; attitudes; healthcare workers; survey and questionnaires|
|Journal citation||56 (5-6), pp. 491-504|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/10376178.2021.1894958|
|Research or scholarly||Research|
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|Online||11 Mar 2021|
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|Accepted||18 Feb 2021|
|Deposited||18 Nov 2021|
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