Simulated Based Dementia Training: Impact on Empathic Understanding and Behaviour Among Professionals and Carers

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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
Early online date15 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Dementia
  • Health professionals
  • Empathy
  • Virtual reality
  • Simulation
  • Quasi-experimental research

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Simulated Based Dementia Training: Impact on Empathic Understanding and Behaviour Among Professionals and Carers'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this