Editorial| Volume 26, ISSUE 3, P332-333, March 2018

Combating Stigma Against Dementia: A Role for Geriatric Psychiatry

Published:November 02, 2017DOI:
      Herrmann et al.
      • Herrmann L.K.
      • Welter E.
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      • et al.
      A systematic review of dementia-related stigma research: can we move the stigma dial?.
      review 51 peer-reviewed studies of stigma about dementia published over a 10-year period. Their findings demonstrate that stigma is highly prevalent among physicians, community residents, and both the patients and families that are living with Alzheimer disease. Importantly, sociodemographic and cultural factors moderate severity of stigma, with specific minority groups and younger adults demonstrating high levels of stigma. The authors point to the need for future research to better quantify stigma and study the effectiveness of interventions to reduce this obstacle to accessing care and eliminate this source of patient burden.
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      • A Systematic Review of Dementia-related Stigma Research: Can We Move the Stigma Dial?
        The American Journal of Geriatric PsychiatryVol. 26Issue 3
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          Cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer disease (AD) and other dementias has become increasingly prevalent.1 AD prevalence in the United States is approximately 11%,2 with some minority subgroups such as African American and Hispanic individuals more likely to have AD compared with non-Hispanic white individuals.3–8 Absolute numbers and relative proportion of individuals with AD will increase dramatically in the upcoming decades. In 2015, it was estimated that 46.8 million people are living with AD world-wide, including 9.4 million in the Americas, 10.5 million in Europe, 4.0 million in Africa, and 22.9 million in Asia.
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