A recent review investigated the growing literature on dementia training programmes in hospital settings. It found a wide variability in the content and mode(s) of delivery; with interdisciplinary ward-based, tailor-made short sessions, using experiential and active learning, being the most common.
Typically, the studies to-date have tended to assess learning, but few articles – these authors assert – have attempted to evaluate actual changes in staff behaviour and practices, or measurable changes in patient outcomes.
The authors of this review propose measures which might be used in the development and delivery of dementia training programmes in hospitals, with a view to overcoming the inherent risks of bias and achieving better evaluation of any resulting modification to staff behaviour and / or patient outcomes (and measuring the sustainability of these results).
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Scerri, A. Innes, A. [and] Scerri, C. (2017). Dementia training programmes for staff working in general hospital settings – a systematic review of the literature. Aging and Mental Health. August 2017; 21(8): 783-796.