Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (Winter 2020) Lee, Linda; Hillier, Loretta M.; Patel, Tejal; et al.
New research analyzed self-perceived challenges with dementia care and learning needs among primary care clinicians and their association with years of practice and perceived readiness for dementia care. The study included multi-disciplinary clinicians attending a five-day, team-based dementia education program and physicians attending a similar condensed continuing medical education workshop. Mean preparedness ratings from surveys conducted pre-education indicated that all respondents felt somewhat prepared, with mean challenge ratings signaling a great deal of interest in learning more about all dementia-related topics. Perceived challenges and learning requirements generally did not correlate with number of years in clinical practice, although some lower preparedness ratings for dementia care were tied to higher ratings of dementia care challenges. The findings indicate that clinicians felt their formal education had not fully prepared them for managing dementia overall and they desired greater knowledge.