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2006 Grant - Henderson
Dementia Among American Indians: Culture, Caregiving and Services
J. Neil Henderson, Ph.D.
University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2006 Investigator-Initiated Research Grant
Very little research has examined how cultural beliefs about dementia among American Indians may affect health-seeking choices, caregiving practices and specific health service needs in the context of tribal communities.
J. Neil Henderson, Ph.D., and colleagues have designed a study in collaboration with 10 American Indian tribes in Oklahoma. The participants in the study will be 60 primary and 60 secondary family caregivers of people with dementia. Participants will complete questionnaires about caregiving practices. The researchers will also conduct interviews that should elicit (1) beliefs about the recognition, cause and course of dementia; (2) information about help-seeking behaviors; and (3) information about the influence of American Indian traditions in family and personal life.
Findings from this study will be used to provide information to health care professionals, develop caregiving interventions and develop in-service training for staff at tribal health care facilities.