A comparative study of the effect of the Time for Dementia programme on medical students

Banerjee, Sube, Jones, Christopher, Wright, Juliet, Grosvenor, Wendy, Hebditch, Molly, Hughes, Leila, Feeney, Yvonne, Farina, Nicolas, Mackrell, Sophie, Nilforooshan, Ramin, Fox, Chris ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9480-5704, Bremner, Stephen and Daley, Stephanie (2021) A comparative study of the effect of the Time for Dementia programme on medical students. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 36 (7). pp. 1011-1019. ISSN 0885-6230

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Background: Traditional healthcare education typically focuses on short block clinical placements based on acute care, investigations and technical aspects of diagnosis and treatment. It may therefore fail to build the understanding, compassion and person-centred empathy needed to help those with long-term conditions, like dementia. Time for Dementia was developed to address this.  Method: Parallel group comparison of two cohorts of UK medical students from universities, one participating in Time for Dementia (intervention group) and one not (control group). In Time for Dementia students visit a person with dementia and their family in pairs for 2 hours three times a year for 2 years, the control group received their normal curriculum.  Results: In an adjusted multilevel model (intervention group n = 274, control n = 112), there was strong evidence supporting improvements for Time for Dementia participants in: total Approaches to Dementia Questionnaire score (coefficient: 2.19, p = 0.003) and its person-centredness subscale (1.32, p = 0.006) and weaker evidence in its hopefulness subscale (0.78, p = 0.070). There was also strong evidence of improvement in the Dementia Knowledge Questionnaire (1.63, p < 0.001) and Dementia Attitudes Scale (total score: 6.55, p < 0.001; social comfort subscale: 4.15, p < 0.001; dementia knowledge subscale: 3.38, p = 0.001) scores. No differences were observed on the Alzheimer's Disease Knowledge Scale, the Medical Condition Regard Scale or the Jefferson Scale of Empathy.  Discussion: Time for Dementia may help improve the attitudes of medical students towards dementia promoting a person-centred approach and increasing social comfort. Such patient-focused programmes may be a useful complement to traditional medical education.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: alzheimer's disease,longitudinal integrated clerkships,dementia,healthcare education,long-term conditions,multimorbidity,senior mentorship programs,geriatrics and gerontology,psychiatry and mental health,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2717
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Mental Health
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Norwich Epidemiology Centre
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Norwich Epidemiology Centre
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Institute for Volunteering Research
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Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2021 00:44
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2023 20:32
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/79377
DOI: 10.1002/gps.5532


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