Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) have released a detailed report covering survey results about public attitudes towards dementia in the UK. Wave 1 of the Dementia Attitudes Monitor attempts to clarify the current state (using data from 2018) of the understanding and/or perceptions / misperceptions towards dementia.
Of the 2,361 people surveyed by Ipsos MORI just 1% were aware of the seven known risk or protective factors for dementia (reported to be excessive alcohol consumption, genetics, smoking, high blood pressure, depression, diabetes and inadequate levels of physical exercise).
Dementia risk factors not known by half of population. London: BBC Health News, February 6th 2019.
This relates to:
Stevens, J. Philp, N. [and] Phipps, L. [et al] (2019). Dementia Attitudes Monitor: Wave 1 2018. Cambridge: Alzheimer’s Research UK, January 2019.
The main section headings comprise:
- Section 1
- Executive Summary.
- Background to this research.
- Key findings of the research.
- Section 2: Introduction
- 2.1 Background and objectives.
- 2.2 The structure of the report.
- 2.3 Note about presentation and interpretation of the data.
- Section 3: Awareness and understanding.
- 3.1 Knowing someone with dementia.
- 3.2 Perception of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- 3.3 Defining the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- 3.4 Awareness of the physical and mental effects of dementia.
- 3.5 Dementia as a cause of death.
- 3.6 Dementia as an inevitable part of getting older.
- Section 4: Stigma
- 4.1 Engaging with people with dementia.
- 4.2 Being personally affected by dementia.
- Section 5: Risk
- 5.1 Reducing the risk of developing health conditions.
- 5.2 Increasing the risk of developing dementia.
- 5.3 Personal risk of developing dementia.
- Section 6: Diagnosis
- 6.1 Being given a formal diagnosis of dementia.
- 6.2 Undergoing tests for dementia.
- 6.3 Attitudes to being tested for diseases that cause dementia.
- Section 7: Treatment, prevention and research
- 7.1 Efficacy of current dementia treatments.
- 7.2 Awareness of dementia treatments.
- 7.3 Priorities for medical research.
- 7.4 Involvement in medical research for dementia.
- Appendices: Technical details and bibliography
- 8.1 Methodology.
- 8.2 Referenced reports.
- 8.3 Guide to statistical reliability.
- 8.4 Guide to social classification.
- 8.5 Topline results.