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Improving outcomes for dementia care in acute aged care: impact of an education programme

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Abstract


  • The aim of this paper is to report on the transformation of a small local

    hospital offering, for the first time, an acute geriatric service. At the start

    of this process in 2005 it became evident that many of the staff were

    inexperienced in providing care to older patients, specifically, and most

    obviously, in the area of dementia care. Previously, the clinical focus had

    been on medical and surgical care and the staff therefore needed to develop

    a new range of skills and knowledge.

    A practice development process was adopted to transform the service

    with the overall aims of: developing and implementing a staff education programme to meet the

    needs of the staff and patients.

    This involved using a survey to gather baseline data about the level of

    dementia competence and developing a dementia educational programme.

    In this paper, we present the evaluation of this dementia educational

    programme and its impact on knowledge in a new specialist aged care

    clinical setting.

UOW Authors


  •   McPhail, Catherine (external author)
  •   Professor Victoria Traynor
  •   Wikstrom, Dianne (external author)
  •   Brown, Margaret E. (external author)
  •   Quinn, Christine (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • McPhail, C., Traynor, V., Wikstrom, D., Brown, M. & Quinn, C. (2009). Improving outcomes for dementia care in acute aged care: impact of an education programme. Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice, 8 (1), 142-147.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-59649091216

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4395&context=hbspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/3343

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 142

End Page


  • 147

Volume


  • 8

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • The aim of this paper is to report on the transformation of a small local

    hospital offering, for the first time, an acute geriatric service. At the start

    of this process in 2005 it became evident that many of the staff were

    inexperienced in providing care to older patients, specifically, and most

    obviously, in the area of dementia care. Previously, the clinical focus had

    been on medical and surgical care and the staff therefore needed to develop

    a new range of skills and knowledge.

    A practice development process was adopted to transform the service

    with the overall aims of: developing and implementing a staff education programme to meet the

    needs of the staff and patients.

    This involved using a survey to gather baseline data about the level of

    dementia competence and developing a dementia educational programme.

    In this paper, we present the evaluation of this dementia educational

    programme and its impact on knowledge in a new specialist aged care

    clinical setting.

UOW Authors


  •   McPhail, Catherine (external author)
  •   Professor Victoria Traynor
  •   Wikstrom, Dianne (external author)
  •   Brown, Margaret E. (external author)
  •   Quinn, Christine (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • McPhail, C., Traynor, V., Wikstrom, D., Brown, M. & Quinn, C. (2009). Improving outcomes for dementia care in acute aged care: impact of an education programme. Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice, 8 (1), 142-147.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-59649091216

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4395&context=hbspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/3343

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 142

End Page


  • 147

Volume


  • 8

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom