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Development of clinical and interpersonal skills to support people living with dementia

Development of clinical and interpersonal skills to support people living with dementia

Stiell, Marlon and Brooke, Joanne (2017) Development of clinical and interpersonal skills to support people living with dementia. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 9 (8). pp. 348-353. ISSN 2041-9457

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Abstract

There is a lack of understanding on how paramedic students develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes to support people living with dementia and their families in the community. This qualitative study used focus groups to explore paramedic students’ perspectives. 1st and 3rd year paramedic students were recruited from two ambulance service providers in the South of England. Data were collected during 2017 and four themes emerged: 1) impact of dementia on all concerned 2) challenges of communicating with people with dementia 3) negative emotional response to dementia, and 4) lack of social care and pathways for people with dementia. A further two cross-cutting themes emerged: 1) Learning in the classroom and 2) Learning ‘on the road’. Paramedic students did not discuss person-centered approaches to supporting people with dementia; however they all acknowledged the impact of dementia as unique to each person, their family and situation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia, paramedic, qualitative, focus groups, emergency care, paramedic education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science
Faculty of Education & Health > Health & Society Research Group
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2018 16:22
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/19930

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