Improving Palliative care Education and Training Using Simulation in Dementia AUG 11th

Abstract:  In Australia, residential care is a key provider of palliative and end-of-life (EOL) care for people with advanced dementia, with over 50% of people living in residential care having dementia. However, several studies have shown people with dementia often receive suboptimal palliative care - advance care planning is not adequately addressed, unnecessary transfers to hospital occur, uncomfortable interventions are common, and distressing symptoms are not always adequately recognised or managed. Studies have also reported care home staff lack confidence in their skills, and educational strategies have been recommended to improve the quality of care. We therefore developed IMPETUS-D a new online dementia palliative care training program with simulation. IMPETUS-D has been implemented in 12 care homes and is being evaluated using a cluster randomised controlled study design with process evaluation.  Jo will present the study methods and progress to date.