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Features of Stigma and Alzheimer Disease Dementia

Alzheimers Dement; ePub 2018 Mar 27; Stites, et al

Public education and policies are needed to address concerns about employment and insurance discrimination against persons with Alzheimer disease (AD), according to a recent study. A random sample of 317 US adults was analyzed to understand reactions toward a man with mild-stage AD dementia. Investigators found:

  • In adjusted analyses, over half of respondents expected the person to be discriminated against by employers (55.3%) and be excluded from medical decision-making (55.3%).
  • Almost half expected his health insurance would be limited based on data in the medical record (46.6%), a brain imaging result (45.6%), or genetic test result (44.7%).
  • Understanding the prevalence of beliefs, attitudes, and expectations about AD dementia in the public could inform strategies to mitigate stigma.

Citation:

Stites SD, Rubright JD, Karlawish J. What features of stigma do the public most commonly attribute to Alzheimer's disease dementia? Results of a survey of the US general public. [Published online ahead of print March 27, 2018]. Alzheimers Dement. doi:10.1016/j.jalz.2018.01.006

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