Caring for older people with dementia: an exploratory study of staff knowledge and perception of training in three Australian dementia care facilities
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Aim: To ascertain care staffs knowledge of dementia relating to aetiology and/or pathology, symptoms and care/treatment; and explore their perceptions of the importance and adequacy of dementia education and training opportunities. Methods: Thirty-five care staff working in three secure dementia care facilities were recruited. Dementia knowledge was surveyed using the Staff Knowledge of Dementia Test (SKDT). Perceptions of dementia education and training were examined via semi-structured individual interviews. Results: An average 21 out of 33 SKDT questions (SD = 4.0) were correctly answered. Knowledge discrepancy was attributed to participants' cultural and ethnic origin and the length of residency in Australia of migrant care staff. Participants acknowledged the importance of dementia education and training but were critical of the content relevancy to direct care practices. Conclusion: There is a need to improve care staff knowledge of dementia, and dementia education and training should include direct practical competencies required for effective care delivery.
Australasian Journal on Ageing
© 2012 ACOTA. Published by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The definitive version is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
Aged Care Nursing