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Facilitating Staff Adoption of New Policies and Procedures in Aged Care Through Training for Readiness for Change
journal contributionposted on 2022-01-01, 00:00 authored by K M von Treuer, M P McCabe, Gery KarantzasGery Karantzas, David MellorDavid Mellor, A Konis, T E Davison
This study examined whether training staff in preparation for organizational changes, such as the implementation of new practices, can increase levels of change readiness in residential aged care. Four aspects of organizational readiness were compared across time and between training and control conditions. Participants ( n = 129) were employed in eight residential aged care facilities in Australia. Survey data were collected at four time-points: preintervention and three postintervention time-points. The two conditions (training and control) differed significantly from one another on the subscales of appropriateness, personal valence, and efficacy postintervention but not at preintervention. The finding of support diminishing at 6 month and 12 months following the intervention for the training group was unexpected. The findings suggest that within aged care facilities, training in change processes may enhance an organization’s readiness for change, and booster training may be needed to help to sustain all aspects of change readiness over time.