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

Lawler, K ORCID: 0000-0002-1484-1113, Kitsos, A ORCID: 0000-0003-4319-1559, Bindoff, AD ORCID: 0000-0002-0943-2702, Callisaya, ML ORCID: 0000-0003-2122-1622, Eccleston, CEA ORCID: 0000-0002-7913-6888 and Doherty, KV ORCID: 0000-0002-0122-0123 2020 , 'Room for improvement: an online survey of allied health professionals' dementia knowledge' , Australasian Journal on Ageing , pp. 1-7 , doi: 10.1111/ajag.12886.

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Objective To evaluate the dementia knowledge of allied health professionals and identify their specific learning needs. Methods 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. Results 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. Conclusions 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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lawler, K and Kitsos, A and Bindoff, AD and Callisaya, ML and Eccleston, CEA and Doherty, KV
Keywords: dementia, knowledge, allied health, clinical competence, education
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1440-6381
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/ajag.12886
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