Knowledge evaluation instruments for dementia caregiver education programs: A scoping review

Nicholas V. Resciniti, Weizhou Tang, Masroora Tabassum, Joseph Lee Pearson, Sharon Melinda Spencer, Matthew C. Lohman, Diane K. Ehlers, Dana Al-Hasan, Maggi C. Miller, Ana Teixeira, Daniela B. Friedman

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With the increase in our older adult population, there is a need for dementia training for informal and formal dementia caregivers. The objective of this scoping study is to assess dementia knowledge instruments utilized in educational programs and interventions intended for formal and informal dementia caregivers. Scoping review methodology was used to search PubMed, PsycInfo, CINAHL and Web of Science with tailored database search terms. The search yielded 8101 results, with 35 studies meeting inclusion. Studies were conducted in eight countries, had varying study designs (randomized controlled trials [RCTs] = 9, non-RCTs = 6, one-group study design = 20) and utilized previously published (19) and author developed (16) instruments. Furthermore, the studies were internationally diverse, conducted in the United States (n = 18), Australia (n = 7), UK (n = 3), China (n = 2), Canada (n = 2), Taiwan (n = 1), Brazil (n = 1) and multi-country (n = 1). Only two studies focused on minority populations. While author-developed instruments may be more relevant and timesaving, studies should strive to validate instruments or use previously published instruments to help standardize findings across studies and understand better the effects of educational programs on caregiver knowledge. Geriatr Gerontol Int 2020; 20: 397–413.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-413
Number of pages17
JournalGeriatrics and Gerontology International
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2020


  • caregivers
  • dementia
  • evaluation
  • instruments
  • knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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