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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

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Mason, R ORCID: 0000-0002-7270-3843, Doherty, K ORCID: 0000-0002-0122-0123, Eccleston, C ORCID: 0000-0002-7913-6888, Winbolt, M, Long, M and Robinson, A 2020 , 'Effect of a dementia education intervention on the confidence and attitudes of general practitioners in Australia: a pretest post-test study' , BMJ Open, vol. 10, no. 1 , pp. 1-9 , doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033218.

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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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Mason, R and Doherty, K and Eccleston, C and Winbolt, M and Long, M and Robinson, A
Keywords: dementia, general practitioners, education, attitudes
Journal or Publication Title: BMJ Open
Publisher: B M J Group
ISSN: 2044-6055
DOI / ID Number: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033218
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© Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2020. Re-use permitted under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) CC BY-NC. (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ.

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