February 1, 2017

KT workshops support shift from ‘thinking’ to ‘doing’ in dementia care

KT in dementia care is the science and art of making what we do match what we know...

Dementia education workshops are offered frequently to care providers. How can participants be assisted to use what learn?


Dementia education workshops are offered frequently to care providers. How can we help participants use what they learn? One option is to include practical information about principles of knowledge translation and change management. Belinda GoodenoughFallon Forbes and Richard Fleming explain their findings

Knowledge translation (KT) in dementia care is the science and art of making what we do, match what we know. Over the past decade in Australia, there have been many dementia education initiatives targeting the workforce with clinical updates. Few (if any) have examined the value of including KT-related education.

Providing new knowledge is an essential but often insufficient platform for driving meaningful professional development and sustainable practice change.

A KT-oriented strategy for education delivery may be required.

In a national workshop program run by the Dementia Training Study Centres in 2014-16, the mix of topical seminars in dementia care included an optional introductory seminar on Principles of Knowledge Translation (KT).  We used followup feedback from participants to test the value of this simple KT strategy for linking ‘doing’ to ‘thinking’.

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