Feasibility and utility of online dementia care training for hospital staff: The CARES® dementia-friendly hospital™ program

John V. Hobday, Joseph E. Gaugler, Mary S. Mittelman

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Abstract

The current project tested the feasibility and utility of the CARES® Dementia-Friendly Hospital™ (CDFH) program, a 4-module, online training program for nursing assistants (NAs) and allied hospital workers (AHWs) who provide care to individuals with dementia. A single group pretest/posttest design was used for 25 hospital NAs/AHWs, and quantitative and qualitative data were collected to determine whether NAs’/AHWs’ knowledge of hospital-based dementia care significantly increased, and if CDFH was perceived as useful and acceptable. Dementia care knowledge increased significantly (p < 0.001). Open- and closed-ended data suggested that the delivery of online training to NAs/AHWs to enhance dementia care is feasible, useful, and efficient. Ongoing gaps in care exist for individuals with dementia in hospitals, and delivering robust training for NAs/AHWs may serve as an effective modality to enhance quality of dementia care in such settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-65
Number of pages8
JournalResearch in Gerontological Nursing
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

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