Title : Knowledge and perception of dementia among healthcare professionals working in lagos, South West Nigeria: An online survey
Dementia remains a long term neurological disease condition and continue to get maximum attention in most advanced countries. In a developing Country-Lagos state Nigeria, an online survey was created to evaluate the knowledge and perception of dementia among health care workers using a validated dementia knowledge scale (DKAS) which was randomly sampled to 200 healthcare workers. Respondents provided detailed additional information of the disease, their experiences and also demographic information. The measured outcome on the dementia knowledge assessment scale was very low when compared to similar international cohort studies in most advanced countries. Knowledge of dementia disease condition was positively correlated with dementia education in this study and which was virtually lacking in most health facilities visited. In addition, this dementia education deficiency is also positively correlated with dementia differentiation, symptoms, perception and subsequent treatment. The overall result shows the need for policy shift and need for dementia education among our health work force.
Take Away Notes:
• Understanding of dementia Knowledge scale (DKAS)
• Break down of dementia knowledge by profession in Lagos, south west Nigeria
• Result outcome, interpretation and suggestion for improvement