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Dementia Literacy in Greater Bay Area, China: Identifying the At-risk Population and the Preferred Mass Media for Receiving Dementia Information

Version 1 : Received: 26 December 2019 / Approved: 27 December 2019 / Online: 27 December 2019 (10:34:31 CET)

How to cite: Leung, A.Y.M.; Molassiotis, A.; Zhang, J.; Deng, R.; Liu, M.; Van, I.K.; Leong, C.S.U.; Leung, I.S.; Leung, D.Y.P.; Lin, X.; Loke, A.Y. Dementia Literacy in Greater Bay Area, China: Identifying the At-risk Population and the Preferred Mass Media for Receiving Dementia Information. Preprints 2019, 2019120363 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201912.0363.v1). Leung, A.Y.M.; Molassiotis, A.; Zhang, J.; Deng, R.; Liu, M.; Van, I.K.; Leong, C.S.U.; Leung, I.S.; Leung, D.Y.P.; Lin, X.; Loke, A.Y. Dementia Literacy in Greater Bay Area, China: Identifying the At-risk Population and the Preferred Mass Media for Receiving Dementia Information. Preprints 2019, 2019120363 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201912.0363.v1).

Abstract

Background: This study aimed to assess the dementia literacy (DL) level of community-dwelling adults in the four cities (Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Macau and Zhuhai) of the Greater Bay Area of China and to determine the preferred mass media for receiving dementia information. Methods: A multi-city cross-sectional study with 788 community-dwelling adults completed the survey. Dementia literacy was indirectly measured by two validated scales, 30-item Alzhiemer’s Disease Knowledge Scale (ADKS) and 20-item Dementia Attitudes Scale (DAS). When the ADKS total score was <15 and DAS total score was <70, it was considered as ‘inadequate dementia literacy’. Participants were also asked to indicate whether they would like to receive dementia information via digital media or traditional media. Chi-square tests and logistic regressions were undertaken. Results: About one-third of the participants had inadequate dementia literacy. Those with young age or secondary education preferred to get dementia information from social media. But people living in public housing would like to get information from government or hospital websites. Middle-aged participants inclined to learn dementia from television or radio. Conclusion: It is worthy to conduct territory-wide public education in dementia and develop strategies according to their preferences in the types of mass media.

Subject Areas

health literacy; dementia; cross-sectional study; community; Alzheimer's Disease; knowledge

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