Educating a health service workforce about dementia: a qualitative study

Journal article


Baillie, LJ, Sills, E and Thomas, NM (2016). Educating a health service workforce about dementia: a qualitative study. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults. 17 (2), pp. 119 -130.
AuthorsBaillie, LJ, Sills, E and Thomas, NM
Abstract

Purpose People who are living with dementia are core health service users but there are ongoing concerns about the quality of their care and the need for improved education of healthcare staff. This paper reports on a qualitative study that investigated staff perspectives of an ethnodrama (‘Barbara’s Story’) which was used to educate an entire health service workforce and promote a person-centred approach to care. Design/Methodology/Approach The study used a qualitative, longitudinal design with focus groups held with clinical (nurses, allied health professionals, medical) and non-clinical staff. In Phase 1 there were 10 focus groups (n=67 participants) and one individual interview. In Phase 2 there were 16 focus groups (n=77 participants) and three individual interviews. Findings Barbara’s Story raised awareness of dementia, engaged staff emotionally and prompted empathetic responses and improved interactions. The project’s senior leadership, whole organisation and mandatory approach were well-supported, with a perceived impact on organisational culture. The project helped to embed practice developments and initiatives to support person-centred care. Barbara’s story is now well integrated into the organisation, thus supporting sustainability. Originality/value Whilst there are increasing resources for educating about dementia, there are fewer evaluations, particularly for large-scale initiatives, and there is a lack of focus on long-term effects. The study findings indicate that education about dementia can be delivered to a whole work force in a sustainable manner, to prompt empathy, raise awareness, support person-centred care and impact on individual behaviour and organisational culture.

Year2016
JournalQuality in Ageing and Older Adults
Journal citation17 (2), pp. 119 -130
PublisherEmerald
ISSN1471-7794
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1108/QAOA-11-2015-0051
FunderBurdett Trust
Publication dates
Print15 May 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited09 Jun 2016
Accepted12 Mar 2016
Accepted author manuscript
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