Dementia-literate informal caregivers: An evolutionary concept analysis

Moroni Fernandez Cajavilca, Tina Sadarangani

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Background: Previous concept analyses have not conceptualized an evidence-based definition of the concept of dementia literacy. Methods: Rodger's evolutionary method was used to conceptualize dementia literacy among informal caregivers of persons living with dementia (PLWD) in the United States. A comprehensive search across four databases and a thorough review process resulted in 22 relevant articles between 2011 and 2023. Discussion: Dementia literacy is defined as the ability to acquire dementia-related knowledge to inform decision-making, self-identify gaps in caregiving support, and secure access to necessary resources to enable long-term care, all while maintaining relationships with an interdisciplinary team of specialized providers. Conclusion: The nursing profession can promote dementia literacy by recognizing the needs of racial and ethnic groups, the complexity of culture and language, and being mindful of potential implicit bias toward informal caregivers who are working diligently to be prepared and proactive for PLWD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102224
JournalNursing outlook
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2024


  • Caregiver
  • Concept analysis
  • Dementia
  • Literacy
  • Nursing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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