Championing dementia education: adapting an effective Scottish dementia education programme for Canadian acute health care providers

Shelley Peacock, Melanie Bayly, Shaneice Fletcher-Hildebrand, Kirstian Gibson, Rhoda MacRae, Anna Jack-Waugh, Kristen Haase, Jill Bally, Wendy Duggleby, Steve Hall, Lorraine Holtslander, Carrie Mcainey, Joanne Michael, Debra Morgan, Megan O'Connell, Jenny Ploeg, Noelle Rohantinsky, Genevieve Thompson, Isobel Vedel

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Abstract

With increasing numbers of persons living with dementia and their higher rates of hospitalizations, it is necessary to ensure they receive appropriate and effective acute care; yet, acute care environments are often harmful for persons with dementia. There is a lack of dementia education for acute health care providers in Canada. Scotland presently delivers a dementia education program for health care providers, known as the Scottish National Dementia Champions Programme. The objective of this Policy and Practice Note is to present the collaborative work of Scottish experts and Canadian stakeholders to adapt the Dementia Champions Programme for use in Canada. This work to date includes: (a) an environmental scan of Canadian dementia education for acute health care providers; (b) key informant interviews; and, (c) findings from a two-day planning meeting. The results of this collaborative work can and are being used to inform the next steps to develop and pilot a Canadian dementia education program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-176
Number of pages12
JournalCanadian Journal on Aging
Volume42
Issue number1
Early online date10 Nov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2023

Keywords

  • dementia
  • education
  • healthcare providers
  • aging
  • vieillissement

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