Effect of a dementia education intervention on the confidence and attitudes of general practitioners in Australia: a pretest post-test study
Design: Pretest post-test research design.
Setting: Continuing medical education in Australia.
Participants: 332 GPR and 114 GPS.
Interventions: Registrars participated in a 3-hour face-to-face workshop while supervisors participated in a 2-hour-modified version designed to assist with the education and supervision of registrars.
Main outcome measures: The General Practitioners Confidence and Attitude Scale for Dementia was used to assess overall confidence, attitude to care and engagement. A t-test for paired samples was used to identify differences from preworkshop (T1) to postworkshop (T2) for each GP group. A t-test for independent samples was undertaken to ascertain differences between each workshop group. A Cohen's d was calculated to measure the effect size of any difference between T1 and T2 scores.
Results: Significant increases in scores were recorded for Confidence in Clinical Abilities, Attitude to Care and Engagement between pretest and post-test periods. GPR exhibited the greatest increase in scores for Confidence in Clinical Abilities and Engagement.
Conclusions: Targeted educational interventions can improve attitude, increase confidence and reduce negative attitudes towards engagement of participating GPs.
Publication titleBMJ Open
Department/SchoolWicking Dementia Research Education Centre
PublisherB M J Group
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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