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Jennings A;McLoughlin K;Boyle S;Thackeray K;Quinn A;O'Sullivan T;Foley T;
Journal of Interprofessional Care
Development and evaluation of a primary care interprofessional education intervention to support people with dementia.
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International policy documents emphasize the need to develop interprofessional education (IPE) to support collaborative dementia care in the community. The aim of this short report is to describe the development and pilot evaluation of an interprofessional dementia education workshop for primary care healthcare professionals. A three-hour workshop was iteratively developed through consultation with an expert reference group and people with dementia. The workshop was piloted with three separate primary care teams. A total of fifty-four primary care based healthcare staff who represented fourteen different health care roles in primary care participated in the pilot evaluation. The pilot workshops were evaluated using a mixed method approach which included post-workshop questionnaires for participants (n= 54)and a post-workshop focus group (n=8) with the program design team and workshop facilitators. The results of the pilot phase indicated that the workshop was useful and feasible. The workshop improved participants' self-reported knowledge, understanding and confidence to support people with dementia and their families.Areas for improvement were identified and will be used to inform improvements to the workshop content and delivery in advance of a national roll-out. Future evaluations of the implementation of this interprofessional educational workshop will focus on its impact on healthcare professional behavior and outcomes for the person with dementia and their families.
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