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Title: Perceptions of dementia : an exploratory study of the first signs noted by carers and primary care practitioners
Author: Bryans, Michelle
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2006
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Primary care is often the first point of contact for people with dementia (Briggs & Askham, 1999) and primary care practitioners are recognised as having an integral role to play in the diagnosis and management of dementia (Downs, 1996). Around 70 percent of people with dementia living in the community live with their carer. Most informal carers are the spouse of daughter of the person with dementia (Alzheimer’s Scotland, 2000). Previous research has shown that caring for people with dementia can be stressful, although it also has many positive aspects, and that carers need support systems in place for themselves and their relative. The aim of the current study was to explore the first reported signs of dementia by two groups known to be closely involved with individuals within the earlier stages of the condition, carers and primary care practitioners. Previously unanalysed data collected from carers and practitioners who participated in the Downs et al (2003) study “Improving the response of primary care practitioners to people with dementia and their families: a randomised controlled trial of educational interventions”, was used. A grounded theory approach (Strauss & Corbin, 1990) was adopted to explore the first signs of dementia reported by 122 carers and 204 primary care practitioners. Five main categories and thirty-two subcategories related to cognitive, emotional, behavioural, physical and other (non-categorised) signs of dementia were generated. Statistical analysis was carried out to explore the effect of sociodemographic and occupational variables on the first signs of dementia reported by carers and practitioners, and the effect of training on practitioner signs reported.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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