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Comparing knowledge and attitudes to dementia care in Brazilian and UK GPs to guide future decisions about educational interventions

Jacinto, Alessandro Ferrari; Gordon, Adam Lee; Samra, Rajvinder; Steiner, Ana Beatriz; Ferreira S� Mayoral, Vania; De Albuquerque Citero, Vanessa


Alessandro Ferrari Jacinto

Professor of The Care of Older People

Rajvinder Samra

Ana Beatriz Steiner

Vania Ferreira S� Mayoral

Vanessa De Albuquerque Citero


Background: Dementia training for Brazilian GPs is underdeveloped. We investigated knowledge and attitudes to dementia management amongst Brazilian GPs and compared these with previous UK findings to inform future decisions about how training is structured.
Methods: 115 Brazilian GPs were asked to complete a Portuguese translation of a questionnaire previously used in the UK. This comprised a 14-item multiple-choice knowledge quiz, and a 5-point Likert-scale questionnaire assessing attitudes across 10 dementia management domains. Exploratory factorial analysis was conducted for attitudes.
Results: Attitudes towards dementia demonstrated the same underlying factor structure, “heartsink” and “heartfelt” factors, in Brazil as in previous UK studies, explaining 61.6% of variance in responses. Knowledge scores were negatively correlated with both heartfelt and heartsink factors.
Conclusions: Greater knowledge about dementia was associated with some pessimism about dementia care. The similarity in the structure of attitudes towards dementia management between Brazilian and UK GPs provides a starting point for shared educational approaches targeting attitudes.


Jacinto, A. F., Gordon, A. L., Samra, R., Steiner, A. B., Ferreira Sá Mayoral, V., & De Albuquerque Citero, V. (2020). Comparing knowledge and attitudes to dementia care in Brazilian and UK GPs to guide future decisions about educational interventions. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 41(2), 250-257.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 5, 2018
Online Publication Date Dec 15, 2018
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Dec 12, 2018
Publicly Available Date Dec 16, 2019
Journal Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Print ISSN 0270-1960
Electronic ISSN 1545-3847
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 2
Pages 250-257
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