Queensland University of Technology
The development and evaluation of an educational program for the care of older people with dementia in emergency departments
Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation
Outcomes from this project will contribute to improving the way older people with dementia are cared for in emergency departments (ED). It will enable translating available evidence into clinical practice by developing adaptable educational programs for ED staff. We will work closely with experts – people living with dementia and carers and health care professional in emergency medicine and nursing, and dementia care- to develop this program by reviewing the literature and using experts ED clinical experiences. The program will enable older people with dementia presenting to EDs to receive guideline-supported care and improved health outcomes. For example, this educational intervention will ensure that people with dementia are screened for delirium and properly assessed for pain (so that pain is identified and managed) in ED. Finally the educational programs implementation in two Australian EDs will occur. Feedback gathered from attendees will be used to further improve the program.