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What Features of Stigma Do the Public Most Commonly Attribute to Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia? Results of a survey of the U.S. general public
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    Understanding the prevalence of beliefs, attitudes, and expectations about Alzheimer's disease dementia in the public could inform strategies to mitigate stigma.|Random sample of 317 adults from the U.S. public was analyzed to understand reactions toward a man with mild-stage Alzheimer's disease dementia.|In adjusted analyses, over half of respondents expected the person to be discriminated against by employers (55.3%; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 47.0-65.2) and be excluded from medical decision-making (55.3%; 95% CI = 46.9-65.4). Almost half expected his health insurance would be limited based on data in the medical record (46.6%; 95% CI = 38.0-57.2), a brain imaging result (45.6%, 95% CI = 37.0-56.3), or genetic test result (44.7%; 95% CI = 36.0-55.4).|Public education and policies are needed to address concerns about employment and insurance discrimination. Studies are needed to discover how advances in diagnosis and treatment may change Alzheimer's disease stigma.

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