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Implementing dementia risk reduction in primary care: Views of enrollees in the Preventing Dementia Massive Open Online Course

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posted on 2023-05-21, 10:37 authored by Godbee, K, Maree Farrow, Aidan BindoffAidan Bindoff, Gunn, J, Lautenschlager, N, Palmer, V
There is a push for greater promotion of dementia risk reduction (DRR) by primary care practitioners (PCPs). The aims of this study were to understand the views of non-medically trained Australian contributors in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about dementia prevention regarding the role of PCPs in promoting DRR and to consider the implications of those views for developing implementation strategies. Discussion board posts of MOOC enrollees were analysed regarding the actions that organisations, communities and/or governments should take to help people work towards DRR. Of the 1641 eligible contributors to the discussion, 160 (10%) indicated that PCPs had a role in promoting DRR. This subset of participants particularly wanted earlier identification of risk by PCPs and a discussion about DRR. Some participants thought PCPs did not currently prioritise DRR, lacked knowledge about DRR and faced Medicare and resource restrictions to promoting DRR. We suggest that PCPs need: better publicity for their role in promoting DRR; to prioritise DRR; knowledge about DRR; and to take advantage of existing opportunities to promote DRR quickly. The findings of this study should be considered when attempting to implement DRR guidelines in primary care.


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Australian Journal of Primary Health










Wicking Dementia Research Education Centre


Australian Journal of Public Health, Australian Institute for Primary Care, La Trobe University

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Health related to ageing