Effect of dementia training on knowledge and attitude among long-term care staff in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Sri Mulyani*, Azam David Saifullah

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Abstract

Background: The number of patients with dementia has increased globally. Caring for these patients is very challenging and demanding. There are many patients with dementia in long-term care facilities in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. However, most staff members do not have proper training regarding how to care for patients with dementia. This research aimed to investigate the effect of dementia care skills training on knowledge and attitudes about dementia among long-term care staff in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Method: A pre-experimental study was conducted using a one group pre-test and post-test method. There were 30 staff members in a long-term care facility in Yogyakarta, Indonesia who participated in this study in July 2019. Training given was the Dementia Care Skills 18-hours version for care workers provided by Alzheimer’s Indonesia by two certified trainers. Outcomes measured were knowledge and attitudes of the participants, which were measured using the Dementia Knowledge Assessment Scale and Dementia Attitude Scale. Data were analyzed using paired and independent t-tests as well as Pearson correlation tests. Results: The results showed that staff knowledge of dementia (t value 4.78, p value 0.000) and attitudes towards persons with dementia (t value 3.27, p value 0.003) were improved significantly after the dementia training provided by the Alzheimer’s Indonesia trainers. Conclusion: Training in dementia care can improve knowledge and attitude of long-term care staff. This study recommends that dementia care skills training be provided for staff and nurses in long-term care to improve their knowledge and attitudes regarding patients with dementia and their care.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9
Pages (from-to)592-597
Number of pages6
JournalOpen Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Volume9
Issue numberE
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 08 Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Dementia
  • attitude
  • knowledge
  • Long term care
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing

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