Effectiveness of staff training programs to manage behavioural problems of dementia

McCabe, Marita, Davison, Tanya, Visser, S., Hudgson, Catherine, Buchanan, G. and George, K. 2007, Effectiveness of staff training programs to manage behavioural problems of dementia, International journal of health and ageing management, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 11-23.

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Title Effectiveness of staff training programs to manage behavioural problems of dementia
Author(s) McCabe, Marita
Davison, Tanya
Visser, S.
Hudgson, Catherine
Buchanan, G.
George, K.
Journal name International journal of health and ageing management
Volume number 1
Issue number 2
Start page 11
End page 23
Publisher Academic Global Publications
Place of publication Banora Point, N.S.W
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1834-2663
Keyword(s) behavioural problems
quality of life
staff training
Summary Purpose : Behavioural problems among older people with dementia are a major concern in nursing homes. This study was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of staff training programs on both staff and residents.
Methodology : Two programs (standard dementia care, individualised behaviour therapy) were compared to a control condition. A total of 90 staff and 113 aged care residents participated in the study.
Findings: The results demonstrated an improvement in the self-efficacy of staff who received either training program at post-intervention, and at three- and six-month follow-up. Facility managers also rated an improvement in the performance of staff who received behaviour therapy at post-intervention and at follow-up. There were no changes in behaviours or quality of life for residents in any group.
Implications: Staff education programs may not assist in the management of behavioural symptoms of dementia, but can improve staff attitudes. Other explanations and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Notes Research Paper
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007581

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