Knowledge on dementia care in Nursing homes staff

Following with the dissemination of the results of the Alzheimer’s Disease Care Knowledge project. First, this research group developed a scale to measure the level of knowledge about the care of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias that can be applied to nursing staff and nursing students.

Recently, our group published a article on the level knowledge that nursing staff working at Nursing Homes in the province of Jaen, Knowledge about the Care of People with Alzheimer’s Disease of the Nursing Staff of Nursing Homes in Spain. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(24), 4907. (full text)

As it is known, Alzheimer’s disease requires a series of long term care, which causes many of the people who suffer from this disease to live in Nursing Homes. Therefore, it is important to determine the level of knowledge of the professionals who provide this care. Since the literature indicates that the quality of care increases if the professionals are well trained. UJA-Alzheimer’s Care scale was used to measure the level of knowledge of Registered nurses, assistant nurses and eldercare workers working in 24 Nursing Homes in the province of Jaen.

The results obtained were that the registered nurses have more knowledge (83.3%) than the group of assistant nurses and eldercare workers (71.6%). Also that in the group of the registered nurses, professional experience and all the courses attended in the last 3 years influences that level of knowledge. In the group of assistant nurses and eldercare workers the updated formation influences their level of knowledge.

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