Evaluation of dementia training for staff in acute hospital settings

Smythe, A. and Jenkins, C. and Harries, M. and Atkins, S. and Miller, J. and Wright, J. and Wheeler, N. and Dee, P. and Bentham, P. and Oyebode, J. (2014) Evaluation of dementia training for staff in acute hospital settings. Nursing Older People, 26 (2). ISSN 14720795 (ISSN)

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Abstract

The development, pilot and evaluation of a brief psychosocial training intervention (BPTI) for staff working with people with dementia in an acute hospital setting are described. The project had two phases. Phase one involved adapting an existing competency framework and developing the BPTI using focus groups. For the pilot and evaluation, in phase two, a mixed methods approach was adopted using self-administered standardised questionnaires and qualitative interviews. Qualitative analysis suggested that delivering skillsbased training can develop communication, problemsolving and self-directed learning skills; benefit staff in terms of increased knowledge, skills and confidence; and be problematic in the clinical area in terms of time, organisation and the physical environment. These factors must be taken into consideration when delivering training. These changes were not reflected in the quantitative results and measures were not always sensitive to changes in this setting. Definitive conclusions cannot be drawn about the efficacy of the intervention, due to the contradictory outcomes between the quantitative and qualitative data. Further developments and research are required to explore how staff and organisations can be supported to deliver the best possible care. © 2013 RCN Publishing Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acute hospital, Cognitive impairment, Dementia, Service evaluation, Skills, Training, Ward based
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA 03: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR) > Quality of Care
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2017 12:49
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2017 12:49
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1871

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