Original Article

IJMDC. 2020; 4(2): 389-394

A survey-based study of knowledge of Alzheimer's disease among health care staff

Authors: Ahmed Basheer Alazmi, Ali Basheer Alazmi.

ABSTRACT

Background: Dementia is a public health concern as the prevalence is increasing worldwide with the significant increase being in low-middle income countries. However, these countries appear to be less prepared in handling this rise in terms of diagnosis and management. Proper knowledge about dementia among health care staff is important to the quality of care delivered to this vulnerable population. Methodology: This cross-sectional study was conducted in Gurayyat General Hospital, Saudi Arabia. Knowledge levels were inspected by using the validated Alzheimer's disease Knowledge Scale (ADKS) 30-item. All health service district staffs were invited to participate in an online survey with e-mail access. Knowledge levels were compared across some aspects, such as demographic categories, professional groups, and by the professionalism of the respondent or personal experience caring for patients with dementia. The impact of dementia-specific training or education on knowledge level was also evaluated. Results: Overall knowledge about Alzheimer's disease was of a moderate level. Knowledge level was lower for some of the ADKS, particularly those who were more medically-oriented. Knowledge was higher for those who had attended a series of relevant workshops. Conclusion: Professionals with direct patient contact (medical, nursing) were found to have better knowledge regarding dementia than those in a supportive role (administrative, housekeeping, security, and transport staff), according to ADKS. The staff concerned in direct patient care should need a comprehensive extended education program, with information about degrees of severity of dementia, which provide participants with specific skill sets to enable the delivery of high-quality care to these patients in an acute setting.

Keywords:
Alzheimer's disease, dementia, knowledge, health care staff


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A survey-based study of knowledge of Alzheimer's disease among health care staff


Authors
Ahmed Basheer Alazmi
Family Medicina Registrar, Qurayyat Health Affairs, Ministry of Health, Qurayyat, Saudi Arabia
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Ali Basheer Alazmi
Consultant Family Medicine, Qurayyat Health Affairs, Ministry of Health, Qurayyat, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Ahmed Basheer Alazmi, Family Medicina Registrar, Qurayyat Health Affairs, Ministry of Health, Qurayyat, Saudi Arabia.; dr.aazmi@yahoo.com

Publication history
Received 09 Dec 2019
Accepted 26 Dec 2019
Published online 08 Jan 2020

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Alazmi AB, Alazmi AB. A survey-based study of knowledge of Alzheimer's disease among health care staff. IJMDC. 2020; 4(2): 389-394. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1575932476


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Alazmi AB, Alazmi AB. A survey-based study of knowledge of Alzheimer's disease among health care staff. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=77354 [Access: August 03, 2020]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1575932476


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Alazmi AB, Alazmi AB. A survey-based study of knowledge of Alzheimer's disease among health care staff. IJMDC. 2020; 4(2): 389-394. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1575932476


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Alazmi AB, Alazmi AB. A survey-based study of knowledge of Alzheimer's disease among health care staff. IJMDC. (2020), [cited August 03, 2020]; 4(2): 389-394. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1575932476


Harvard Style

Alazmi, A. B. & Alazmi, . A. B. (2020) A survey-based study of knowledge of Alzheimer's disease among health care staff. IJMDC, 4 (2), 389-394. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1575932476


Turabian Style

Alazmi, Ahmed Basheer, and Ali Basheer Alazmi. 2020. A survey-based study of knowledge of Alzheimer's disease among health care staff. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (2), 389-394. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1575932476


Chicago Style

Alazmi, Ahmed Basheer, and Ali Basheer Alazmi. "A survey-based study of knowledge of Alzheimer's disease among health care staff." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4 (2020), 389-394. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1575932476


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alazmi, Ahmed Basheer, and Ali Basheer Alazmi. "A survey-based study of knowledge of Alzheimer's disease among health care staff." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4.2 (2020), 389-394. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1575932476


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Alazmi, A. B. & Alazmi, . A. B. (2020) A survey-based study of knowledge of Alzheimer's disease among health care staff. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (2), 389-394. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1575932476


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