Attitudes in the management of patients with dementia: Comparison in doctors with and without special training

Yat Wa Justina Liu, C. Lai, D. Dai, S. Ting, K. Choi

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Objective: To explore by postal survey the different attitudes towards management of patients with dementia in physicians with and without dementia training. Methods: A questionnaire was sent to 7669 members of the Hong Kong Medical Association, which represents 61% of all locally registered medical practitioners. Results: In all, 448 questionnaires were returned (response rate: 6%). Among these, there were 34 questionnaires with missing data or the respondents indicated that they were either retired or not in practice. Therefore, only 414 questionnaires were used in analysis. Among these, 82 (20%) had received dementia training, 310 (75%) had not, and 22 (5%) did not indicate their choice. Twelve statements were used to explore various attitudes about dementia care. Exploratory factor analysis showed that there were 2 strong factors: confidence and negative views. The mean scores of these 2 factors were significantly different in physicians with and without dementia training. With respect to management of patients with dementia, dementia-trained physicians had significantly greater confidence (mean [standard deviation (SD)] = 5.21 [1.34]) than those who were non-trained (mean [SD] = 3.57 [1.40]; p < 0.001). Conversely, non-trained physicians had significantly stronger negative views (mean [SD] = 3.89 [1.24]) on dementia care than those who were trained (mean [SD] = 3.12 [1.36]; p < 0.001). Discussion: These findings suggest that providing a certain level of dementia care training for physicians is an effective way to improve confidence in managing patients with dementia, and thereby decrease possible negative attitudes towards such care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-12
Number of pages7
JournalEast Asian Archives of Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013


  • Data collection
  • Dementia
  • Education, medical, continuing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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