Spezifika und Fortbildungsbedarfe in der interprofessionellen Versorgung von Menschen mit Demenz: Eine qualitative Studie

Translated title of the contribution: Specifics of and training needs in the inter-professional home care of people with dementia: A qualitative study

Denise Wilfling*, Kristina Flägel, Jost Steinhäuser, Katrin Balzer

*Corresponding author for this work


Introduction: Successful home care for people living with dementia (PLwD) allows them to live in their own home environment for as long as possible. Current findings indicate a need for further development of medical and nursing knowledge and skills in evidence-based collaborative care for these patients. Aim: To identify specifics of inter-professional care for PLwD and training needs of home care nurses and general practitioners involved in care. Method: A multi-perspective qualitative study was conducted, comprising focus groups as well as individual interviews. Focus groups and interviews followed a semi-structured topic guide. Interview data was digitally recorded and transcribed verbatim, followed by a thematic framework analysis. Results: The sample consisted of nine nurses, one medical assistant, three general practitioners and nine family caregivers of PLwD. Five themes related to inter-professional home care were inductively developed: challenges in outpatient dementia care, challenges in collaboration, insufficient healthcare infrastructure, competencies needed in dementia care, and training requirements. Challenges were a lacking flow of information as well as continuity and organization of care. Home care nurses and family caregivers complained about missing communication skills in health professionals involved in the care of PLwD. Conclusions: The interviews revealed heterogeneous training needs of home care nursing staff and general practitioners that can be addressed by an inter-professional training course.

Translated title of the contributionSpecifics of and training needs in the inter-professional home care of people with dementia: A qualitative study
Original languageGerman
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)67-76
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 04.2023

Research Areas and Centers

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

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 205-02 Public Health, Health Services Research and Social Medicine

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