The impact of experience with a family member with Alzheimer's disease on views about the disease across five countries

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The objective of this paper is to understand how the public's beliefs in five countries may change as more families have direct experience with Alzheimer's disease. The data are derived from a questionnaire survey conducted by telephone (landline and cell) with 2678 randomly selected adults in France, Germany, Poland, Spain, and the United States. The paper analyzes the beliefs and anticipated behavior of those in each country who report having had a family member with Alzheimer's disease versus those who do not. In one or more countries, differences were found between the two groups in their concern about getting Alzheimer's disease, knowledge that the disease is fatal, awareness of certain symptoms, and support for increased public spending. The results suggest that as more people have experience with a family member who has Alzheimer's disease, the public will generally become more concerned about Alzheimer's disease and more likely to recognize that Alzheimer's disease is a fatal disease. The findings suggest that other beliefs may only be affected if there are future major educational campaigns about the disease. The publics in individual countries, with differing cultures and health systems, are likely to respond in different ways as more families have experience with Alzheimer's disease. © 2012 Robert J. Blendon et al.




Blendon, R. J., Benson, J. M., Wikler, E. M., Weldon, K. J., Georges, J., Baumgart, M., & Kallmyer, B. A. (2012). The impact of experience with a family member with Alzheimer’s disease on views about the disease across five countries. International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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