The development and evaluation of peer-facilitated dementia workshops in general practice

As part of a National programme to support GPs delivering dementia care (Prepared), this paper documents a number of workshops that aimed to improve knowledge and confidence among GPs. The paper describes their development, delivery and evaluation. Content and delivery were informed by the results of an earlier triangulated educational needs analysis involving clinicians, patients and families, with the workshops being delivered by GPs to small groups, in the GP practice at lunchtime. The focus of the first workshop was diagnosis, disclosure and post diagnostic care with the second workshop focusing on assessment and management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. There was a high rate of attendance and overall participants reported a considerable improvement in both knowledge and confidence. An online resource had also been developed in response to the educational needs analysis and participants gave very positive feedback on this. Practice based workshops were viewed favourably and the content was viewed as relevant to daily general practice. The authors conclude that the study evidences the value of a triangulated educational needs analysis and of peer facilitated, practice based small group work as an educational tool
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The development and evaluation of peer-facilitated dementia workshops in general practice
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2017
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Foley, T., Jennings, A., Boyle, S. and Smithson, W.H., 2017. The development and evaluation of peer-facilitated dementia workshops in general practice. Education for Primary Care, pp.1-8.