Reducing dementia-related stigma and discrimination amongst community health workers in Brazil: Protocol for a randomized controlled feasibility trial

Oliveira, Deborah, Godoy, Carolina, da Mata, Fabiana, Mateus, Elaine, Franzon, Ana Carolina Arruda, Farina, Nicolas, Evans-Lacko, Sara and Ferri, Cleusa (2022) Reducing dementia-related stigma and discrimination amongst community health workers in Brazil: Protocol for a randomized controlled feasibility trial. BMJ Open, 12 (7). e060033 1-9. ISSN 2044-6055

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Abstract

Introduction
Stigma and discrimination among healthcare workers can hinder diagnosis and the provision of appropriate care in dementia. This study is aimed at developing, delivering and evaluating the feasibility of a group antistigma intervention to improve knowledge, attitudes and behaviours in relation to people living with dementia among community health workers (CHWs).

Methods and analysis
This will be a randomised controlled feasibility trial conducted with 150 CHWs from 14 primary care units (PCUs) in São Paulo, Brazil. PCUs will be randomly allocated (1:1) in two parallel groups—experimental group or control group. Participants from PCUs allocated to the experimental group will receive a 3-day group intervention involving audio-visual and printed materials as well as elements of social contact. The control group will keep their usual routine. Knowledge, attitude and intended behaviour stigma-based outcomes will be assessed at baseline and at follow-up (30 days after intervention) to both groups, with additional questions on feasibility for the experimental group at follow-up. Around 10–15 participants will take part in follow-up
semistructured interviews to further explore feasibility. Quantitative analyses will follow an ‘intention to treat’ approach. Qualitative data will be analysed using content
analysis.

Ethics and dissemination
This study was approved by the National Commission for Ethics in Research in Brazil(n. 5.510.113). Every participant will sign a consent form. Results will be disseminated through academic journalsand events related to dementia. The intervention materials will be made available online.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Neuroscience
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Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2022 10:34
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2022 15:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/106931

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