Journal article

Improving Professional Practice in the Disclosure of a Diagnosis of Dementia: A Modeling Experiment to Evaluate a Theory-Based Intervention

Martin P Eccles, Jill Francis, Robbie Foy, Marie Johnston, Claire Bamford, Jeremy M Grimshaw, Julian Hughes, Jan Lecouturier, Nick Steen, Paula M Whitty

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE | SPRINGER | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Among health professionals, there is wide variation in the practice of disclosing a diagnosis of dementia to patients. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of one theory-based and two pragmatic interventions on intention to perform three behaviors, namely (1) finding out what the patient already knows or suspects about their diagnosis; (2) using the actual words "dementia" or "Alzheimer's disease" when talking to the patient (i.e., the use of explicit terminology); (3) exploring what the diagnosis means to the patient. METHOD: Within an intervention-modeling process, members of old-age mental health teams in England were sent postal questionnaires measuri..

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