A qualitative evaluation of the effect of a longitudinal dementia education programme on healthcare student knowledge and attitudes

Daley, Stephanie, Feeney, Yvonne, Grosvenor, Wendy, Hebditch, Molly, Morley, Leila, Sleater, Gillian, Wright, Juliet and Banerjee, Sube (2020) A qualitative evaluation of the effect of a longitudinal dementia education programme on healthcare student knowledge and attitudes. Age and Ageing. pp. 1-7. ISSN 0002-0729

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Abstract

Background and objectives
There is a need to ensure that the future healthcare workforce has the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver high quality compassionate care to the increasing number of people with dementia. Our programme has been set up to address this challenge. In the programme, undergraduate healthcare students (nursing, medical and paramedic) visit a family (person with dementia and their carer) in pairs over a 2-year period. This qualitative study sought to understand the student experience of the programme.

Methods
Participants were undergraduate healthcare students who were undertaking our programme at two universities. We sampled for variation in the student participants in order to generate a framework for understanding the student experience of the programme. Students were invited to take part in the qualitative study, and written consent was obtained. Interviews and focus group transcripts were analysed using thematic analysis.

Results
Thirty-nine (nursing, medical and paramedic) student participants took part in individual in-depth qualitative interviews and 38 took part in five focus groups. Four key themes were identified from the analysis; relational learning, insight and understanding, challenging attitudes and enhanced dementia practice.

Discussion
Student experience of our programme was shown to be positive. The relationship between the students and family was most impactful in supporting student learning, and the subsequent improvement in knowledge, attitudes and practice. Our model of undergraduate dementia education has applicability for other long-term conditions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, healthcare education, long-term conditions, older people, relational learning
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Division of Medical Education
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Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2020 07:17
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2020 09:09
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/94118

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