Background: More than 500,000 dementia cases can be estimated among migrants living in Europe. There is the need to collect "real world" data on the preparedness of healthcare services to support the inclusion of migrants in the public health response to dementia. The present study aimed i) to estimate the number of migrants referred to Italian memory clinics (CCDDs) and ii) to identify possible barriers and resources for the provision of diversity-sensitive care. Methods: A survey of all Italian CCDDs was conducted between December 2020 and April 2021. An online questionnaire was developed to obtain information on the number of migrants referred to Italian CCDDs in 2019, the challenges encountered in the diagnostic approach, possible facilitators in the provision of care. Results: Overall, 343 out of the 570 contacted CCDDs completed the survey questionnaire (response rate: 60.2%). Nearly 4,527 migrants were referred to these services in 2019. Migrants accounted for a median 1.1% (IQR: 0.9%-2.8%) of overall CCDD referrals. More than one-third of respondents reported that the number of migrants referred to their facilities had increased in the last five years. The overall quality of the migrants' cognitive assessment resulted as very poor or insufficient in most cases. A minority of CCDDs had translated information material on dementia and reported the possibility to contact cultural mediators and interpreters. Conclusions: A relevant number of migrants is being referred to Italian CCDDs that are still not adequately prepared to deliver diversity-sensitive care and support.

A nationwide survey of Italian centers for cognitive disorders and dementia on the provision of care for international migrants / Canevelli, Marco; Cova, Ilaria; Remoli, Giulia; Bacigalupo, Ilaria; Salvi, Emanuela; Maestri, Giorgia; Nicotra, Alessia; Valletta, Martina; Ancidoni, Antonio; Sciancalepore, Francesco; Cascini, Silvia; Bargagli, Anna Maria; Pomati, Simone; Pantoni, Leonardo; Vanacore, Nicola. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY. - ISSN 1351-5101. - (2022). [10.1111/ene.15297]

A nationwide survey of Italian centers for cognitive disorders and dementia on the provision of care for international migrants

Canevelli, Marco
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Remoli, Giulia;Valletta, Martina;Ancidoni, Antonio;Sciancalepore, Francesco;Pantoni, Leonardo;Vanacore, Nicola
2022

Abstract

Background: More than 500,000 dementia cases can be estimated among migrants living in Europe. There is the need to collect "real world" data on the preparedness of healthcare services to support the inclusion of migrants in the public health response to dementia. The present study aimed i) to estimate the number of migrants referred to Italian memory clinics (CCDDs) and ii) to identify possible barriers and resources for the provision of diversity-sensitive care. Methods: A survey of all Italian CCDDs was conducted between December 2020 and April 2021. An online questionnaire was developed to obtain information on the number of migrants referred to Italian CCDDs in 2019, the challenges encountered in the diagnostic approach, possible facilitators in the provision of care. Results: Overall, 343 out of the 570 contacted CCDDs completed the survey questionnaire (response rate: 60.2%). Nearly 4,527 migrants were referred to these services in 2019. Migrants accounted for a median 1.1% (IQR: 0.9%-2.8%) of overall CCDD referrals. More than one-third of respondents reported that the number of migrants referred to their facilities had increased in the last five years. The overall quality of the migrants' cognitive assessment resulted as very poor or insufficient in most cases. A minority of CCDDs had translated information material on dementia and reported the possibility to contact cultural mediators and interpreters. Conclusions: A relevant number of migrants is being referred to Italian CCDDs that are still not adequately prepared to deliver diversity-sensitive care and support.
2022
culture-sensitivity; dementia; diversity; migration
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A nationwide survey of Italian centers for cognitive disorders and dementia on the provision of care for international migrants / Canevelli, Marco; Cova, Ilaria; Remoli, Giulia; Bacigalupo, Ilaria; Salvi, Emanuela; Maestri, Giorgia; Nicotra, Alessia; Valletta, Martina; Ancidoni, Antonio; Sciancalepore, Francesco; Cascini, Silvia; Bargagli, Anna Maria; Pomati, Simone; Pantoni, Leonardo; Vanacore, Nicola. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY. - ISSN 1351-5101. - (2022). [10.1111/ene.15297]
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