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Effect of a dementia education intervention on the confidence and attitudes of general practitioners in Australia: a pretest post-test study


Mason, R and Doherty, K and Eccleston, C and Winbolt, M and Long, M and Robinson, A, Effect of a dementia education intervention on the confidence and attitudes of general practitioners in Australia: a pretest post-test study, BMJ Open, 10, (1) Article e033218. ISSN 2044-6055 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033218


Objectives: This study assessed the impact of a Dementia Education Workshop on the confidence and attitudes of general practitioner (GP) registrars (GPR) and GP supervisors (GPS) in relation to the early diagnosis and management of dementia.

Design: Pretest post-test research design.

Setting: Continuing medical education in Australia.

Participants: 332 GPR and 114 GPS.

Interventions: Registrars participated in a 3-hour face-to-face workshop while supervisors participated in a 2-hour-modified version designed to assist with the education and supervision of registrars.

Main outcome measures: The General Practitioners Confidence and Attitude Scale for Dementia was used to assess overall confidence, attitude to care and engagement. A t-test for paired samples was used to identify differences from preworkshop (T1) to postworkshop (T2) for each GP group. A t-test for independent samples was undertaken to ascertain differences between each workshop group. A Cohen's d was calculated to measure the effect size of any difference between T1 and T2 scores.

Results: Significant increases in scores were recorded for Confidence in Clinical Abilities, Attitude to Care and Engagement between pretest and post-test periods. GPR exhibited the greatest increase in scores for Confidence in Clinical Abilities and Engagement.

Conclusions: Targeted educational interventions can improve attitude, increase confidence and reduce negative attitudes towards engagement of participating GPs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dementia, general practitioners, education, attitudes
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:General practice
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Mason, R (Mr Ron Mason)
UTAS Author:Doherty, K (Dr Kathleen Doherty)
UTAS Author:Eccleston, C (Dr Claire Eccleston)
UTAS Author:Long, M (Dr Marita Long)
UTAS Author:Robinson, A (Professor Andrew Robinson)
ID Code:141069
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2020-09-22
Last Modified:2022-08-23
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