The aim of this dissertation is to evaluate students' experiences of an 8 week pilot module that provided education on person centre care in Dementia using a collective case studies and phenomenological approach.
With an estimated 84,000 individuals living with Dementia in Scotland Caring for this increasing population will impact already fragile resources (Alzheimer Scotland 2012). In education, access to Dementia training is limited at undergraduate level (Pulsford, 2007, DOH, 2010, Alushi et al, 2015). It is imperative healthcare students' are competent at engaging with those with dementia at the point of graduation, and that these skills are embedded in their education (Alushi et al 2015, Gordon et al, 2014).
Design and Methodology
An 8 week on-line module with piloted with 32 undergraduate students who expressed an interest in dementia education. Data was collected using a qualitative methodology and semi structured interviews were utilised in both a focus group, and a single interview to form collective case studies. Data was then transcribed and evaluated using Ritchie and Lewis' framework (2003) for thematic and concept analysis.
Participants identified there was a gap in the curriculum regarding dementia, however three themes emerged from the analysis. The module relevance in practice, the modules' design and delivery, and skill development.
The module was considered well designed, relevant to current practice and addressed the theory practice gap (Maben et al, 2006). It can potentially influence students critical thinking and their future clinical practice in a variety of ways. A subtle shift in thinking was evident from the biomedical approach to a more holistic and person centred view of dementia care (Furaker and Nilsson (2009). It is an important step in continuing to justify the need for dementia education in healthcare across all sectors, which will ultimately impact the care we deliver||