Training needs among healthcare professionals managing patients with dementia

Ng, Nicholas Tse Hao and Tan, Maw Pin (2022) Training needs among healthcare professionals managing patients with dementia. Aging Medicine and Healthcare, 13 (1). pp. 25-31. ISSN 2663-8851, DOI

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Background/Purpose: The number of persons living with dementia in Malaysia is increasing rapidly. Training on dementia care among healthcare professionals (HCP), however, remains limited. This study aims to identify current barriers, needs and expectations in training from the perspective of HCP to inform future training developments. Methods: A paper-based survey on demographics, training experience, perceived barriers and training needs was conducted among HCP attending a national geriatric conference in Malaysia. Results: The questionnaire was completed by 202 (84) respondents, 83 (41.3) doctors, and all respondents currently cared for older patients. 117 (58.8) had previously received training on dementia care. Respondents who had no prior dementia training were more likely to think that there was no training courses available odds ratio, OR (95% confidence interval, CI) =3.429 (1.656-7.099). Doctors were more likely to have difficulty taking time off for training OR (95%CI)=2.667 (1.285-5.536) and prefer weekend courses OR (95%CI)=4.108 (2.238-7.542). HCP who perceived a lack of courses as a barrier were more likely to prefer 2 to 3-day courses in weekday OR (95%CI)=2.343 (1.122-4.893). HCP who perceived difficulty taking time off from work to attend training as a barrier were more likely to prefer weekend training courses OR (95%CI)=3.036 (1.442-6.390). Conclusion: Not all HCP caring for older adults in Malaysia had received prior training in dementia care. Lack of courses and difficulty taking time off from work were common barriers to training. Perceived training barriers influenced training course preference among HCP. Respondents’ profession, experience and prior training also influenced perceived barriers and future training preferences. Future studies should explore the outcomes and advantages of various dementia training programmes as well as identify skill gaps in HCP managing persons living with dementia and ways to overcome them. © 2021, Asian Association for Frailty and Sarcopenia and Taiwan Association for Integrated Care.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adult; Aged; Article; Cross-sectional study; Female; Human; Major clinical study; Male; Platelet count
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2023 06:30
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2023 06:30

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