Raising Awareness (Experience, knowledge and attitudes)

Only three papers published between 2010 and 2014 examine knowledge of, and attitudes to dementia on the island of Ireland.  Two of these explore attitudes of health professionals, i.e. nursing home managers and community pharmacists. Both focus on one aspect of dementia; pain and pain management. In contrast, the third paper examines the knowledge and attitudes of the public.  This reflects the research in wider literature beyond the island of Ireland where a limited body of work examines public attitudes. All of the papers are set in NI.

Dementia knowledge and attitudes of the general public in Northern Ireland: an analysis of national survey data

MCPARLAND, P., DEVINE, P., INNES, A., GAYLE, V.
International Psychogeriatrics, 24(10)
2012

Mc Parland et al. (2012) explored the knowledge and attitudes of the general public to dementia.

 They found that while there is a reasonable level of knowledge about dementia, the general public hold overwhelmingly negative attitudes towards dementia and that stereotypical, stigmatising views of people with dementia dominate understandings.

Community pharmacists and people with dementia: a cross-sectional survey exploring experiences, attitudes, and knowledge of pain and its management

BARRY, H.E., PARSONS, C., PASSMORE, A.P., HUGHES, C.M
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 28(10)
2013

Barry et al. (2013) examine the knowledge and experience of community pharmacists in managing pain in people with dementia.

 They found that community pharmacists had a positive person-centred attitude towards people with dementia, a good knowledge of the use of anti-psychotic medications but were uncertain about the difficulties people in the later stages of dementia may have with swallowing and were unsure about pain assessment and management.

An exploration of nursing home managers' knowledge of and attitudes towards the management of pain in residents with dementia

BARRY, H.E., PARSONS, C., PASSMORE, A.P., HUGHES, C.M.
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27(12)
2012

Barry et al. (2012) explore the levels of knowledge and attitudes of nursing home managers towards the management of pain in residents with dementia.

While most respondents evidenced a good knowledge of pain experience in residents with dementia, there was little indication that recognised pain assessment or management tools are used, and surprisingly few respondents had received recent training on pain management. The authors identify the need for further research to identify the factors affecting the prescribing of analgesics for people with dementia in care settings.