A critical gap exists in providing interprofessional education to health/social care students related to the health and wellbeing of family caregivers of people living with dementia (PLwD). Despite growing dementia care curricula in the US, the interprofessional dementia caregiving curriculum is still lacking. To address this important educational need, a multi-phase approach was used to develop, implement, and evaluate a customized micro-credential curriculum, called ‘interprofessional dementia caregiving telehealth community practicum badge’. The purpose of this Talk is to present the pilot implementation and evaluation of, and the sustainability plan, of the badge at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
As part of a larger CDC-funded WI BOLD Project and following the development of the badge curriculum as a one-semester capstone project, five teams of 3-5 cross-professional students from seven programs (nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, and social work) participated in the pilot over three months from February to April 2022. The IP teams worked collaboratively with each other and with dementia care specialists (DCS), caregivers of PLwD, and faculty facilitators (all as co-teachers) to develop a customized Caregiver Health and Wellness Resource Packet as the capstone project. The evaluation includes, the pre-post data collections using Dementia Knowledge Assessment Scale (DKAS), Assessment of Interprofessional Team Collaboration Scale (AITCS), and Interprofessional Socialization and Valuing Scale—21 (ISVS-21), plus the team debriefs.
The DKAS quizzes demonstrated a significant improvement in students’ knowledge about dementia from pre-test (M=12.76 out of 25) to post-test (M=22.5). The ISVS total mean scores have also significantly increased from 5.89 (out of 7) to 6.41. The AITCS results showed an increase in the coordination subscale from 4.38 to 4.46 (out of 5). The initial qualitative analysis has shown that students were very appreciative for the opportunity to learn from caregivers and DCS (as co-teachers) about caregiver’s unique needs.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (OICPD). The OICPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The National Center OICPD is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs). This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with their participation.
Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.
Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.
Athletic Trainers: This program is eligible for Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.