An interprofessional skills workshop to teach family caregivers of people living with dementia to provide complex care

Patty Prado, Rocio S. Norman, Liset Vasquez, Ashlie Glassner, Precious Osuoha, Kylie Meyer, Jennifer R. Brackett, Carole L. White

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the acceptability of and satisfaction with an interprofessional educational workshop to teach family caregivers of persons living with dementia to provide complex care. The workshop was developed by a team that included nursing, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, nutrition and dental hygiene. Caregivers who attended the workshop completed an evaluation to describe their satisfaction and acceptability using a Likert-type scale, as well as open ended comments about their learning needs and feedback about the workshop. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with family caregivers and members of the interprofessional team to analyze and evaluate how the workshop may have improved their confidence in performing complex tasks and to obtain their perspectives on offering this program as a virtual workshop in the future. Family caregivers (n = 171) reported high satisfaction with the workshop and strongly agreed that the workshop provided them with useful information to support their caregiving roles. Themes identified from the content of the interviews were: i) building understanding; ii) mastering new skills; and iii) learning skills together. Our results suggest and emphasize the importance and the benefits of an interprofessional team approach to support family caregivers and build confidence with complex care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100481
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Education and Practice
Volume26
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2022

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Caregiver education
  • Dementia
  • Family caregivers
  • Interprofessional education
  • Interprofessional team

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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