Dementia risk reduction in practice: The knowledge, opinions and perspectives of Australian healthcare providers

Lidan Zheng, Kali Godbee, Genevieve Z. Steiner, Gail Daylight, Carolyn Ee, Thi Yen Hill, Mark I. Hohenberg, Nicola T. Lautenschlager, Keith McDonald, Dimity Pond, Kylie Radford, Kaarin J. Anstey, Ruth Peters

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Abstract

This study examined Australian primary healthcare providers' knowledge about dementia risk factors and risk reduction and their perspectives on barriers and enablers to risk reduction in practice. Primary healthcare providers were recruited through Primary Health Networks across Australia (n = 51). Participants completed an online survey that consisted of fixed-responses and free-text components to assess their knowledge, attitudes and current practices relating to dementia risk factors and risk reduction techniques. The results showed that Australian primary healthcare providers have good knowledge about the modifiable risk factors for dementia however, face several barriers to working with patients to reduce dementia risk. Commonly reported barriers included low patient motivation and healthcare system level limitations. The most commonly reported recommendations to helping primary healthcare providers to work with patients to reduce dementia risk included increasing resources and improving dementia awareness and messaging. While the results need to be interpreted in the context of the limitations of this study, we conclude that collaborative efforts between researchers, clinicians, policy makers and the media are needed to support the uptake of risk reduction activities in primary care settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-142
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • dementia
  • knowledge translation
  • preventive health
  • primary healthcare
  • risk reduction

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