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Effectiveness of staff training programs to manage behavioural problems of dementia

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posted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by M McCabe, Tanya Davison, S Visser, Catherine Hudgson, G Buchanan, K George
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.

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Journal

International journal of health and ageing management

Volume

1

Issue

2

Pagination

11 - 23

Publisher

Academic Global Publications

Location

Banora Point, N.S.W

ISSN

1834-2663

Language

eng

Notes

Research Paper

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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