Improving competencies in evidence-based dementia care: Results from a pilot study on a novel inter-professional training course (the KOMPIDEM project)

Katrin Balzer*, Rhian Schröder, Anne Junghans, Ute Stahl, Jens Martin Träder, Sascha Köpke

*Corresponding author for this work


Objective: In order to address well-known challenges in dementia care, an inter-professional course was developed to improve medical students' and nursingstudents' competencies in the provision of evidence-based care for people with dementia. The course comprises lectures, problem-based learning (PbL) tutorials and visitations to care facilities. A pilot study was conducted to evaluate the acceptance and feasibility of the inter-professional course. Methodology: Alongside preliminary implementation of the newly developed course, a pre-post survey was carried out involving all participating students. The questionnaire contained standardized and open-ended questions on participants' views regardingthe quality and relevance of several course components and characteristics. The data were analyzed by means of descriptive statistics. Results: When the course was offered the first time, multiple barriers became evident, leading to premature course termination and subsequent revision of the curriculum. When the revised course was offered, 10 medical students and 8 nursingstudents participated. The course proved feasible, and the median overall quality was rated as "2" (IQR 2-3) at a rating scale ranging from 1 (very good) to 6 (inadequate). Following aspects were most frequently judged positively: the course's inter-professional scope, the visitations to care facilities and the PbL tutorials. Potential for improvement was particularly noted with regard to a more distinct focus on well-defined, mainly practical learning outcomes. There were no indications of systematic between-group differences in the medical and nursingstudents' perceptions of the course program. Conclusions: The results confirmed the feasibility of the inter-professional course on dementia care and the relevance of its inter-professional scope. However, to ensure sustainable course implementation in the long term, further program adaptations based on current findings and further evaluation studies focusing on objective parameters of the process and outcome quality are required.

Translated title of the contributionVerbesserung der kompetenzen für eine evidenzbasierte Versorgung von Menschen mit Demenz: Ergebnisse der Pilotierung einer interprofessionellen lehreinheit (Projekt KOMPIDEM)
Original languageEnglish
JournalGMS Zeitschrift fur Medizinische Ausbildung
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2016

Research Areas and Centers

  • Research Area: Center for Population Medicine and Public Health (ZBV)


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