Table 1

Background characteristics and their relationship to dementia knowledge (N = 360)
Background characteristics Unweighted number (Weighted %) ADKS F df Significance
Mean (SD)
Demographics
Gender (n = 356)
 Male 55 (21.5) 23.53 (3.30) 0.03 1,353 .854
 Female 301 (78.5) 23.61 (3.21)
Age
 <30 years 41 (17.3) 24.67 (2.85) 5.01 2,356 .007
 30-50 years 185 (51.7) 23.49 (3.22)
 >50 years 134 (31.0) 23.07 (3.43)
Professional Group
 Nursing 169 (46.2) 23.90 (2.84) 17.32 3,355 <.001
 Medicine 11 (10.3) 26.0 8 (1.80)
 Allied Health 81 (11.8) 23.87 (3.69)
 Support 99 (31.7) 22.14 (3.41)
Work setting (n = 355)
 Community 100 (24.6) 24.02 (3.44) 2.42 1,353 .121
 Hospital 255 (74.2) 23.40 (3.18)
Geographic Location
 Urban Centre 311 (87.6) 23.56 (3.26) 0.000 1,357 .986
 Rural Area 49 (12.4) 23.56 (3.00)
Experience and education
Family history of dementia (n = 359)
 Yes 106 (29.4) 23.91 (3.26) 1.94 1,357 .165
 No 253 (70.6) 23.43 (3.26)
Personal caring experience
 Yes 149 (41.4) 23.88 (3.23) 3.89 1,358 .049
 No 211 (58.6) 23.34 (3.28)
Professional caring experience
 Yes 222 (62.2) 24.38 (2.97) 40.85 1,358 <.001
 No 138 (37.8) 22.22 (3.41)
Tertiary Education
 Yes 92 (31.0) 24.72 (3.09) 21.58 1,358 <.001
 No 268 (69.0) 23.04 (3.21)
Dementia training
 Yes 87 (20.7) 24.32 (3.10) 5.06 1,358 .025
 No 273 (79.3) 23.37 (3.28)
Other dementia learning
 Yes 152 (41.4) 24.06 (2.95) 5.93 1,358 .015
 No 208 (58.6) 23.21 (3.43)
Self rated dementia knowledge (n = 325) 5.15 (2.23) r = .367 <.001

Smyth et al.

Smyth et al. BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:2   doi:10.1186/1471-2318-13-2

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