J Korean Acad Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs.  2010 Dec;19(4):349-358. 10.12934/jkpmhn.2010.19.4.349.

The Effects of Dementia Education Program on Certified Geriatric Caregivers in a Nursing Home

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  • 1Department of Nursing, Kyungwon University, Korea. ehkong@kyungwon.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was done to evaluate the long-term effects of a dementia education program for certified geriatric caregivers (CGCs) caring for elders with dementia in a nursing home.
METHODS
The research design was one group pretest-posttest design and included 29 CGCs who completed the pre-test, dementia education program, and post-test (immediately after, 1 month after, and 3 months after the completion of the program). The education program was conducted for 3 weeks, and effects of the program were evaluated using measures of knowledge of dementia, care of elders with dementia, work stress, and work satisfaction.
RESULTS
Although there was no significant change in the knowledge of dementia, it was significantly improved immediately after the program (Z=-2.03, p=.042). There was a significant change in the care of elders with dementia by the CGCs (chi2=13.37, p=.004), but no significant changes in work stress or work satisfaction.
CONCLUSION
The findings indicate that dementia education program is effective in improving knowledge of dementia and care of elders with dementia by CGCs. The results also provide valuable basic data for developing effective dementia education programs for CGCs in nursing homes, but further research is needed using a high quality education programs and research methodology.

Keyword

Nursing home; Dementia; Caregiver; Education
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