Training Health Care Practitioners to Include Family Caregivers With Web-Based Learning Modules

Nina Sperber, Roxana Delgado, Rachael Barrett, Nathan Boucher, Leah Christensen, Kevin McKenna, Kimberly Peacock, Megan Shepherd-Banigan, Parker Ince, Coleton Whitaker

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BACKGROUND: Caregivers play a key role in supporting patient health; however, they have largely been excluded from participating in health care teams. This paper describes development and evaluation of web-based training for health care professionals about including family caregivers, implemented within the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Health Administration. Systematically training health care professionals constitutes a critical step toward shifting to a culture of purposefully and effectively utilizing and supporting family caregivers for better patient and health system outcomes. METHODS: Module development included Department of Veterans Affairs health care stakeholders and consisted of preliminary research and a design approach to set the framework, followed by iterative, collaborative team processes to write the content. Evaluation included pre- and postassessments of knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs. RESULTS: Overall, 154 health professionals completed pretest questions and 63 additionally completed the posttest. There was no observable change in knowledge. However, participants indicated a perceived desire and need for practicing inclusive care as well as an increase in self-efficacy (belief in their ability to accomplish a task successfully under certain conditions). CONCLUSION: This project demonstrates the feasibility of developing web-based training to improve the beliefs and attitudes of health care professionals about inclusive care. Training constitutes one step toward shifting to a culture of inclusive care, and research should identify longer-term effects and other evidence-based interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-35
Number of pages8
JournalThe Permanente journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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