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Dementia knowledge and attitudes of the general public among the Bangladeshi community in England: a focus group study

Abstract

Background: Worldwide, an increasingly ageing population mean more people may suffer from dementia. Despite the rapid growth of older Bangladeshi immigrants living in the UK, there is little evidence about how community members understand and view the process of ageing and dementia. However, Bangladeshis have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease, both of which are important indicators of dementia development in old age. This study aimed to explore and analyse the perception, knowledge, and attitude of ageing and dementia among the Bangladeshi community. Methods: A qualitative research approach guided two separate focus group discussions held with Bangladeshi adults in Portsmouth, UK. A topic guide was used alongside two vignettes depicting either early or late stage dementia to stimulate discussion. The data were recorded, transcribed and analysed thematically in the NVivo qualitative software. Results: Three main themes emerged: 1) knowledge and perceptions of dementia, 2) perceived causes of dementia, and 3) perceptions of stigma in dementia. Lack of knowledge and understanding of dementia was evident, but the stigma about dementia was non-existent. This study provides insight where no other qualitative research has examined knowledge and attitudes about dementia among a Bangladeshi community in England. Conclusion: Future research must highlight the importance of raising dementia awareness and provides more information to Bangladeshi community members about dementia, dementia caregiving as well as religiously sensitive healthcare services.

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(2020). Dementia knowledge and attitudes of the general public among the Bangladeshi community in England: a focus group study. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 290-296. https://doi.org/10.1159/000506123

Acceptance Date Jan 23, 2020
Publication Date Mar 26, 2020
Journal Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Print ISSN 1420-8008
Publisher Karger Publishers
Pages 290-296
DOI https://doi.org/10.1159/000506123
Keywords Dementia, Attitude, Knowledge, Stigma, Ethnicity
Publisher URL https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/506123

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