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Int J Palliat Nurs. 2013 Jun;19(6):290-4.

Evaluating a self-directed palliative care learning package for rural aged care workers: a pilot study.

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Mercy Health, 550 Poole Street, Albury, 2640 New South Wales, Australia. Steven.Pitman@gsahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Abstract

AIM:

To evaluate the effectiveness of a self-directed learning package in increasing palliative care knowledge and confidence for aged care workers in Rural New South Wales, Australia.

METHOD:

Participants piloted a palliative care self-directed learning package and completed pre- and post-package knowledge and confidence questionnaires with a 6-month follow-up. The data was then analysed via paired two-tailed T-tests.

RESULTS:

There was a statistically significant mean increase in knowledge and confidence after completion of the self-directed learning package. Knowledge but not confidence increases were retained after 6 months.

CONCLUSION:

Self-directed learning packages can play a part in increasing knowledge and confidence in palliative care for rural aged care workers. Questions remain regarding the role of ongoing support, education, and mentoring.

PMID:
24151740
DOI:
10.12968/ijpn.2013.19.6.290
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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