IMproving Palliative care Education and Training Using Simulation in Dementia (IMPETUS-D): a cluster randomised controlled trial

Presenter: Joanne Tropea, Royal Melbourne Hospital

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About the presentation

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.

About the presenter

Jo Tropea is a PhD candidate and Project Coordinator at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne. She commenced her PhD in February 2018 and will evaluate the effectiveness of a screen-based simulation training program on end of life dementia care, for staff working in residential aged care homes. She has over 7 years' research experience in the fields of geriatric medicine and chronic diseases, and 14 years' experience in coordinating collaborative projects. Her research interests are broad and include: research into current practice and best practice care of the older person, in particular people with cognitive impairment; implementation and evaluation of health service interventions; and use of administrative data to assess adverse and suboptimal outcomes.

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