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Development and acceptability of a brief, evidence-based Dementia Awareness for Caregivers (DAC) course in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)

Development and acceptability of a brief, evidence-based Dementia Awareness for Caregivers (DAC) course in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)

Stoner, Charlotte R. ORCID: 0000-0002-1536-4347, Lakshminarayanan, Monisha, Mograbi, Daniel C, Vaitheswaran, Sridhar, Bertrand, Elodie, Schimidt Brum, Paula, Durgante, Helen, Ferri, Cleusa P, Mkenda, Sarah, Walker, Richard, Dotchin, Catherine, Paddick, Stella-Maria, Chandra, Mina, Krishan, Murali, Bharath, DU, Shaji, Kunnukattil Sivaraman, Fisher, Emily and Spector, Aimee (2021) Development and acceptability of a brief, evidence-based Dementia Awareness for Caregivers (DAC) course in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Dementia and geriatric cognitive disorders. ISSN 1420-8008 (Print), 1741-2684 (Online) (In Press)

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Abstract

Background: Knowledge of, and attitudes towards dementia vary across countries and, for caregivers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), access to information can be challenging. There is an urgent need for brief, easily accessible and culturally appropriate educational courses for caregivers of persons with dementia; providing much needed information whilst addressing important psychological concepts such as stigma.
Methods: An international and multidisciplinary team developed Dementia Awareness for Caregivers (DAC) courses in four stages: 1) scoping review and module agreement, 2) development of an International template (DAC-International) containing a standardised process for adding information, 3) development of local DACs using a standardised format and, 4) acceptability of courses in Brazil, India and Tanzania.
Results: The DAC-International was developed, comprising three modules: ‘What is dementia?’; ‘Positive engagement’; and ‘Caring for someone with dementia’. Three local versions were developed from this (DAC-Brazil, DAC-India and DAC-Tanzania), where additions of country specific information included prevalent stereotypes and the addition of culturally relevant case studies. An initial field test was conducted in each country (n=85), which indicated acceptability to participants.
Conclusions: The methods used here resulted in culturally valid and acceptable educational courses for carers of people with dementia. Future work will consist of large-scale, formal evaluations and the development of additional local courses.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: education, dementia, intervention, caregiving, stigma.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Chronic Illness and Ageing
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/34258

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