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Impact of ‘DEALTS2’ education intervention on trainer dementia knowledge and confidence to utilise innovative training approaches: A national pre-test – post-test survey.

Heward, M., Board, M., Spriggs, A., Emerson, L. and Murphy, J., 2021. Impact of ‘DEALTS2’ education intervention on trainer dementia knowledge and confidence to utilise innovative training approaches: A national pre-test – post-test survey. Nurse Education Today, 97 (February), 104694.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2020.104694

Abstract

Background Gaps in acute care staff knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards dementia exist. Innovative training approaches that improve the delivery of care for people with dementia are needed. We were commissioned by Health Education England to develop and evaluate a new dementia education intervention ‘Dementia Education And Learning Through Simulation 2’ (DEALTS2), a simulation toolkit to enhance delivery of dementia training nationally across England. Objectives Evaluate differences in trainer dementia knowledge scores pre and post training, satisfaction with DEALTS2 Train-The-Trainer (TTT) workshops and simulation toolkit, confidence to use training approaches, and spread of implementation. Design A questionnaire survey using a pre-test – post-test design with measures completed: before (pre-test); after (T1); and 12 months post training (T2). Setting Twelve one-day DEALTS2 TTT workshops delivered across England in 2017. Participants National Health Service Trust staff employed in dementia training roles (n=199 trainers). Methods Trainers attended DEALTS2 TTT workshops and received the simulation toolkit. Data were collected between 2017 and 2018 using a questionnaire capturing differences in dementia knowledge scores, Likert scales and closed-ended questions measured satisfaction, confidence and implementation. Data were analysed using quantitative methods. Results Response rate was 92% (n=183) at pre-test/T1 and 26% (n=51) at T2. Trainer dementia knowledge scores increased from pre-test to T1 (p < 0.001) and were retained after 12 months in 5 of the 6 areas measured (pre-test to T2, p < 0.002); largest gains in ‘humanised approaches to dementia care’. 96% (n=176/183) were satisfied with DEALTS2 TTT workshops and simulation toolkit; 66.7% (n=34/51) felt confident to deliver dementia training informed by DEALTS2. Adherence rates were good with 45% (n=23/51) using the innovative training approaches within twelve months. Conclusions The results show DEALTS2 effectively increased trainer dementia knowledge and confidence to utilise innovative dementia training approaches. Implementation of DEALTS2 varied across organisations, therefore further research should explore factors determining successful implementation.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0260-6917
Uncontrolled Keywords:Dementia; Education; Empirical Research; Evaluation Studies as Topic; Evidence-Based Practice; Implementation Science; Patient Care; Simulation Training
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:34914
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:30 Nov 2020 15:57
Last Modified:15 Dec 2020 11:03

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