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Pharmacists' knowledge of factors associated with dementia : the A-to-Z dementia knowledge list


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Title: Pharmacists' knowledge of factors associated with dementia : the A-to-Z dementia knowledge list
Authors : Ramos García, Hernán
Moreno Royo, Lucrecia
Gil Peinado, María
García Lluch, Gemma
Sendra Lillo, José
Alacreu García, Mónica
Keywords: Demencia - Factores de riesgo.Pharmacists - Knowledge.Farmacéuticos - Conocimientos.Dementia - Risk factors.
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Ramos, H., Moreno, L., Gil, M., García-Lluch, G., Sendra-Lillo, J. & Alacreu, M. (2021). Pharmacists' knowledge of factors associated with dementia: the A-to-Z dementia knowledge list. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 18, i. 19 (22 sep.), art. 9934. DOI:
Abstract: Dementia is a neurodegenerative disease with no cure that can begin up to 20 years before its diagnosis. A key priority in patients with dementia is the identification of early modifiable factors that can slow the progression of the disease. Community pharmacies are suitable points for cognitiveimpairment screening because of their proximity to patients. Therefore, the continuous training of professionals working in pharmacies directly impacts the public health of the population. The main purpose of this study was to assess community pharmacists’ knowledge of dementia-related factors. Thus, we conducted a cross-sectional study of 361 pharmacists via an online questionnaire that quizzed their knowledge of a list of dementia-related factors, which we later arranged into the A-to-Z Dementia Knowledge List. We found that younger participants had a better knowledge of risk factors associated with dementia. The risk factors most often identified were a family history of dementia followed by social isolation. More than 40% of the respondents did not identify herpes labialis, sleep more than 9 h per day, and poor hearing as risk factors. A higher percentage of respondents were better able to identify protective factors than risk factors. The least known protective factors were internet use, avoidance of pollution, and the use of anti-inflammatory drugs. Pharmacists’ knowledge of dementia-related factors should be renewed with the aim of enhancing their unique placement to easily implement cognitive-impairment screening.
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ISSN: 1660-4601 (Electrónico)
Issue Date: 22-Sep-2021
Center : Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU
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