Evaluation of a nurse-led dementia education and knowledge translation programme in primary care: A cluster randomized controlled trial

Yao Wang, Dongxia Xiao, Shahid Ullah, Guo-Ping He, Anita De Bellis

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    Abstract

    Background The lack of dementia education programmes for health professionals in primary care is one of the major factors contributing to the unmet demand for dementia care services. Aims To determine the effectiveness of a nurse-led dementia education and knowledge translation programme for health professionals in primary care; participants' satisfaction with the programme; and to understand participants' perceptions of and experiences in the programme. Design A cluster randomized controlled trial was used as the main methodology to evaluate health professionals' knowledge, attitudes and care approach. Focus groups were used at the end of the project to understand health professionals' perceptions of and experiences in the programme. Participants and Settings Fourteen community health service centres in a province in China participated in the study. Seven centres were randomly assigned to the intervention or control group respectively and 85 health professionals in each group completed the programme. Methods A train-the-trainer model was used to implement a dementia education and knowledge translation programme. Outcome variables were measured at baseline, on the completion of the programme and at 3-month follow-up. A mixed effect linear regression model was applied to compare the significant differences of outcome measures over time between the two groups. Focus groups were guided by four semi-structured questions and analysed using content analysis. Results Findings revealed significant effects of the education and knowledge translation programme on participants' knowledge, attitudes and a person-centred care approach. Focus groups confirmed that the programme had a positive impact on dementia care practice. Conclusions A dementia education and knowledge translation programme for health professionals in primary care has positive effects on their knowledge, attitudes, care approach and care practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-7
    Number of pages7
    JournalNurse Education Today
    Volume49
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017

    Keywords

    • Dementia education
    • Health professionals
    • Knowledge translation
    • Primary dementia care

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