GERIATRIC EDUCATION

Ongoing Projects
Title
A Mixed Methods Evaluation of a Cross-cultural, Distance Teaching Programme between Singapore and Uganda
Objective
This study explored factors influencing the educational experience of Ugandan healthcare workers using distance teaching methods from Singapore. The aims of the study were to identify:
  1. Sociocultural factors which influence cross-cultural teaching and learning in a globalised setting
  2. Barriers and enablers to the exchange of healthcare knowledge and skills between healthcare workers in a different cultural contexts
  3. Modes of delivering culturally-competent teaching that is effective and applicable in the Southeast Asia region.
Collaborators
KTPH, NUS (Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health & Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine), Mildmay Uganda
Title
A Mixed-Methods Study of the Effectiveness of an Intensive Palliative Care Course for Nurses in the Long Term Care (LTC) Setting
Objective
This study looks at the effectiveness of an intensive 40-hour Palliative Care Nursing Course in increasing the knowledge and skills, changing attitudes and shaping healthcare behaviour of a group of LTC nurses. The aims of the study were to:
  1. Study pre- and post-course knowledge and attitudes of nurses enrolled into the palliative care course
  2. Understand LTC nurses’ perspectives on attending a palliative care course in Singapore, including their opinions on the value of the teaching strategies employed,
  3. Explore if the course was able to influence the behaviour and practice of LTC nurses
Collaborators
Ang Mo Kio - Thye Hua Kwan Hospital, KTPH (Department of Geriatric Medicine), GeriCare@North (AHS)
Source of Funding
GeriCare@North, AHS
Title
A Survey of the Level of Confidence and Satisfaction among Nursing Home Nurses regarding the Telegeriatrics Nurse Training Course (TNTC)
Objective
The aim of this study is to quantitatively measure the impact of the Telegeriatrics Nurse Training Course on nursing home nurses’ self-reported confidence and satisfaction while acquiring their telemedicine knowledge and skills.
Collaborators
GeriCare@North (AHS)
Source of Funding
GeriCare@North, AHS
Education – approved new projects
Title
A Mixed Methods Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Community Nurse Training Programme in Singapore
Objective
Community nursing as a nursing specialty is being developed to meet the shift towards care in the community setting. A comprehensive course in community nursing is piloted. This study seeks to evaluate the course and, therefore, aims to:
  1. Assess the effectiveness of a community nurse training programme in improving knowledge, skills, attitudes, and confidence and
  2. To explore participants’ satisfaction of the training programme and their ability to translate acquired knowledge and skills into practice through qualitative in-depth interviews.
Collaborators
KTPH (Ageing-in-Place Community Care Team)
Title
A Multicentre Study of the Effectiveness the Living Matters Advanced Care Planning (ACP) Training Workshop for Health Professionals
Objective
The aim of this study is to explore the effectiveness of a national training workshop for ACP facilitators. Specifically, the goals of the study are to:
  1. Determine the pre- and post-course knowledge, skills, attitudes, confidence and satisfaction of participants attending a workshop for ACP facilitators
  2. Assess the participants’ and trainers’ acceptability and experiences of the ACP training workshop
  3. Determine the barriers and enablers to the acquisition of knowledge and skills, translation of training into practice and
  4. Making recommendations on how the course could better prepare ACP facilitators for the reality of practice.
Collaborators
KTPH, TTSH, SGH, AIC
Title
Death Anxiety in Acute Care Nurses – Can a Workshop Make Any Difference?
Objective
A 2-day workshop on End-of-Life care (EOL) for nurses in the acute care setting is conducted on a quarterly basis. The goal of this workshop is to promote awareness and improve skills of non-palliative care nurses in the care of patients with terminal illness. This study aims to:
  1. Examine nurses’ knowledge of EOL care and measure their anxiety towards managing death in the acute hospital setting
  2. To evaluate whether an intensive 2-day multimodal workshop covering important principles in EOL care can improve nurses’ skills, knowledge and attitude towards EOL care, reduce death anxiety and improve patient outcomes by providing appropriate care for patients and managing their psychosocial needs effectively.
Collaborators
KTPH
Collaborators
Committee of Alexandra Health Research in Education (CARE)
Title
Mental Health in Later Life
Objective
This is one of the elective courses of the new Master of Science in Applied Gerontology. Mental health is essential to the physical and general well-being of older adults. Mental disorders are a major contributor to the disease burden in elderly both globally and in Singapore. This course provides an overview of the principles and practice of mental health care for older adults. Upon completion of the course, the students are expected to be able to:
  1. Examine the physiological and cognitive changes between normal ageing and mental disease states.
  2. Name the key protective and risk factors associated with mental functioning.
  3. Understand the definition, assessment, diagnosis, treatment of major mental disorders of later life.
  4. Describe the current mental health care system in Singapore and the challenges across the care continuum.
  5. Identify gaps in knowledge in mental health in later life and methodological considerations in older adults.
Collaborators
NTU (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)
Collaborators
NTU