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Title: Supporting general practice nurses in providing optimal dementia care: development of a training program specific to their role.
Author: Pond, D.
Gibson, Caroline
Issue Date: 2023
Conference Name: Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care 2023 Annual Research Conference
Conference Date: August 17-18
Conference Place: Melbourne, Victoria
Abstract: Background Worldwide the demographic group of people aged 65 years and over is increasing and with this the prevalence of dementia. Dementia is now the leading cause of disability in Australia. There is evidence that team-based primary care can improve health and social outcomes and reduce hospital admissions for people living with dementia (PLWD) and their carer(s). To provide optimal support for this patient cohort, general practice nurses (GPNs) need access to quality dementia training to increase capability relevant to their role in the primary care team. Objective Dementia Training Australia (DTA) has been training general practitioners (GPs) in dementia for a number of years. This poster describes the development of a DTA training program for GPNs. Methods Our curriculum development process is based on Kern’s 6 steps model: (i) Problem identification and general needs assessment, (ii) targeted needs assessment, (iii) goals and objectives, (iv) educational strategies, (v) implementation and (vi) evaluation and feedback. GPN training needs and optimal methods of training delivery targeting primary care health professionals will be identified with a scoping literature review. Training needs will be further identified by surveying GPNs. Co-design workshops with GPNs will be used to refine the training program. Evaluation of the final training program will include participant pre and post completion of the Dementia Knowledge Assessment Scale questionnaire. Findings A GPN dementia training program aimed to optimise dementia care knowledge, skills and behaviours relevant to their role in the primary care team. Implications In a changing demographic environment, knowledge and skills of the primary care team is changing. GPNs have a role in working collaboratively with GPs to identify and care for people living with dementia and their carer(s). However limited dementia training opportunities exist for GPNs. An evidence-based approach based on sound educational principles is needed to address this.
Internal ID Number: 02273
Health Subject: GERIATRICS
Type: Conference
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