Simulation Based dementia training: impact on empathic understanding and behaviour among professionals and carers.

Paul F Slater, F. Hasson, Kevin Moore, Florence Sharkey

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Abstract

Background: Simulation-based experiences provide learning opportunities into the world of people living with dementia, however limited research into its effectiveness exists.

Methods: A quasi-experimental design was used to examine the impact of the virtual dementia tour on empathetic thinking, understanding and person care. Study participants included carers and multi-health professionals (n=223).

Results: Empathetic understanding of symptoms, its impact on the provision of person-centred practice were all scored as neutral. Significant positive changes were reported on all measures post intervention, across all demographics.

Discussion: Virtual reality offers an opportunity to understand the isolated, fragmented and confusing world of the person with dementia.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)43-51
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
Volume55
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2021

Keywords

  • Dementia
  • health professionals
  • Empathy
  • virtual reality
  • simulation
  • quasi-experimental study

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