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What makes a good dementia training programme for healthcare workers?

Published: 6 February, 2018

A review of the literature by researchers at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Bradford identified and analysed 152 papers to understand the features of effective dementia educational programmes. Using a Return on Investment model developed specifically for evaluation of training, the research examined the learners’ reaction to the programmes, the learning which has occurred, the extent of behaviour change and outcomes of the training.

Common features of more efficacious educational programs included the need for educational programs to be relevant to participants’ role and experience, involve active face-to-face participation, underpin practice-based learning with theory, be delivered by an experienced facilitator, have a total duration of at least 8 hours with individual sessions of 90 minutes or more, support application of learning in practice, and provide a structured tool or guideline to guide care practice.

Effective Dementia Education and Training for the Health and Social Care Workforce: A Systematic Review of the Literature by Claire A. Surr, et al
Review of Educational Research Vol 87, Issue 5, pp. 966 – 1002 https://doi.org/10.3102/0034654317723305

Last updated: 5 February, 2018

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