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Title: Staff training using STAR (Staff Training in Assisted Living Residences) : a pilot study in UK residential care homes
Author: Goyder, J. C.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2731 2629
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2011
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Background: The behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are very common in people with dementia living in care homes. Training care home staff to understand and manage these symptoms is a potentially valuable intervention. This review aimed to understand the effectiveness of staff training interventions for reducing BPSD. Method: A systematic literature search was conducted. The search identified 273 studies. Twenty studies, published between 1998 and 2010, were found to meet the inclusion criteria. They were screened for quality using pre-specified criteria. Results: Overall the studies were found to be of adequate quality, although the majority of studies did not adhere to the recommended guidelines for the conduct of Cluster Randomised Controlled Trials. There were also a number of other methodological weaknesses. Twelve studies found evidence that staff training can reduce BPSD, four studies found positive trends and four studies found no evidence that staff training can reduce BPSD. Conclusions: The review found good evidence for the effectiveness of staff training interventions for reducing BPSD, although the methodological limitations made it difficult to draw definitive conclusions. No links were found between the theoretical orientation of training programmes and their effectiveness. There was good evidence that staff behaviour is improved following attendance at training programmes, but training was found to be less effective for improving the psychological well-being of care staff.
Supervisor: Spector, A. ; Orrell, M. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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