05.06. What factors predominantly affect perceptions about dementia? | Jamaica

05.06. What factors predominantly affect perceptions about dementia? | Jamaica

27 Sep 2022

The Jamaica STRiDE team has conducted an extensive search online and in-person but was unable to find any published or on-going research or interventions specifically about dementia-related stigma in Jamaica. For the online database component of the literature review, the Jamaica team searched through the following databases/portals but found nothing specific to anti-stigma dementia/Alzheimer’s research in Jamaica:

  1. The University of the West Indies UWILinc (University Libraries’ Information Connexion)
  2. Google Scholar (particularly in light of the STRiDE Webinar 1)
  3. Pubmed/Medline via Ovid
  4. Embase
  5. Global health on CAB Direct
  6. CINAHL (EBSCO) briefly.

In addition to this, discussion with stakeholders from the ToC, the Global Dementia Observatory (GDO), and other experts involved in ageing and dementia research has resulted in no findings of any ongoing anti-stigma research or interventions.

Within the University of the West Indies (UWI), we got into contact with the Mona Ageing and Wellness Centre who have been at the forefront of gerontology research in Jamaica, but they were unaware of any existing initiatives or published research in this area. Also within UWI, we visited the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) documentation centre where we were unable to locate any relevant literature.

In addition to the above, we got into contact with librarians at the two other major universities in Jamaica: University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) and Northern Caribbean University (NCU) who searched their archive of published and grey literature and said that nothing on the topic of Alzheimer’s or dementia research in Jamaica was located.