A survey of the Queensland healthcare workforce: Attitudes towards dementia care and training

Travers, Catherine M., Beattie, Elizabeth, Martin-Khan, Melinda and Fielding, Elaine (2013) A survey of the Queensland healthcare workforce: Attitudes towards dementia care and training. BMC Geriatrics, 13 1: 101.1-101.7. doi:10.1186/1471-2318-13-101


Author Travers, Catherine M.
Beattie, Elizabeth
Martin-Khan, Melinda
Fielding, Elaine
Title A survey of the Queensland healthcare workforce: Attitudes towards dementia care and training
Journal name BMC Geriatrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-2318
Publication date 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1186/1471-2318-13-101
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 13
Issue 1
Start page 101.1
End page 101.7
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central Ltd.
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 2717 Geriatrics and Gerontology
Abstract Background: Positive attitudes of healthcare staff towards people with dementia promote higher quality care, although little is known about important factors that underlie positive attitudes. Key aims of this project were to explore the relationships between staff attitudes towards dementia, self-confidence in caring for people with dementia, experience and dementia education and training. Methods. A brief online survey was developed and widely distributed to registered nurses and allied health professionals working in Queensland in 2012. Regression analyses were performed to identify important predictors of self-confidence in caring for people with dementia and positive attitudes towards people with dementia. Results: Five hundred and twenty-four surveys were completed by respondents working in a range of care settings across Queensland. Respondents were predominantly female (94.1%), and most were registered nurses (60%), aged between 41 and 60 years (65.6%). Around 40% regularly worked with people with dementia and high levels of self-confidence in caring for this population and positive attitudes towards people with dementia were reported. The majority of respondents (67%) had participated in a dementia education/training activity in the past 12 months. More experience working with people with dementia predicted greater self-confidence while recent participation in a dementia education/training and higher self-confidence in caring for a person with dementia significantly predicted more positive attitudes towards people with dementia. Conclusions: These results confirm the importance of self-confidence and dementia education in fostering positive attitudes and care practices towards people with dementia. Our results also indicate that the demand for ongoing dementia education is high amongst health care workers and it is recommended that regular dementia education/ training be provided and promoted for all healthcare personnel who work with people with dementia.
Keyword Allied health
Attitudes of health professionals
Dementia
Education
Nursing
Training
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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