Health professionals’ perceptions of developing dementia services in primary care settings in China: a qualitative study

Jing Wang, Lily Dongxia Xiao, Xiaomei Li

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Abstract

Objectives: Primary care plays a crucial role in the timely diagnosis and proper management of dementia. Evidence from low and middle income countries is much needed to inform service development in primary care and to address the dementia burden in these countries. The aim of this study was to explore community health professionals’ perceptions of dementia service development using China as a case. Method: An interpretive study design was utilized and focus groups were used for data collection guided by a semi-structured interview guide. Each focus group lasted between 90–120 min. Thematic analysis was applied for data analysis. Results: Twenty-one community health professionals participated in this study and three major themes were identified. These themes are: incorporating dementia components in the government-subsidized primary care services; an under-prepared workforce to meet the demand for dementia care; and an enabling environment to sustain dementia care. Conclusion: Government policies, regulations, standards and guidelines need to be established for dementia service development in primary care to improve the home care for people with dementia and to create a dementia-friendly society. Regular education and training activities for health professionals are a way to build dementia care service capacity in primary care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-454
Number of pages8
JournalAging and Mental Health
Volume23
Issue number4
Early online date2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • Alzheimer disease
  • dementia
  • health services
  • primary health care

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