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Title: Caregivers' informational needs on dementia and dementia care
Authors: Lai, CK 
Chung, JC
Issue Date: 2007
Source: Asian journal of gerontology & geriatrics, 2007, v. 2, no. 2, p. 78-87
Abstract: Objectives. This study set out to examine the perceived knowledge level of dementia caregivers and the related support services available to them. The means that family caregivers of dementia patients used to obtain relevant information, their informational needs and the difficulties they encountered in this respect were also explored.
Methods. We recruited 144 respondents from three non-governmental organisations, and collected data using a structured questionnaire distributed in person and via postal mail.
Results. A typical caregiver was a daughter in late adulthood with a secondary education. Adult children formed the largest group of caregivers. More than half of all family caregivers knew about dementia, but their knowledge about corresponding aspects of care or available support services was not extensive. We found informational pamphlets and the media to be useful means of disseminating information. In general, family caregivers expressed the need to learn how to care for their relative suffering from dementia. The respondents revealed a lack of knowledge about services available in the community, which could be one of the reasons for their low levels of utilisation.
Conclusion. Informational needs deserving better attention by health services planners and providers alike were identified. Making services more accessible to caregivers is necessary, as they may not be adept at retrieving the necessary information.
Keywords: Caregivers
Information services
Publisher: Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Press
Journal: Asian journal of gerontology & geriatrics 
ISSN: 1819-1576
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