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The development of a knowledge of dementia measure for residential care staff: from conceptual development to empirical evaluation

Shanahan, N.E.; (2010) The development of a knowledge of dementia measure for residential care staff: from conceptual development to empirical evaluation. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London).

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Abstract

This primary focus of this study is measure development, in which a new measure of knowledge of dementia for residential home care staff is presented. In order to set a contextual frame for the main study, the first part of this paper provides a systematic review of all published knowledge of dementia measures within research literature. The strengths and limitations of the tools are presented by critically reviewing their development procedures and psychometric properties, taking into account their performance and use within research studies. Five measures are analysed in terms of their reliability and validity and conclusions direct the reader towards the most appropriate measure to use within given situations and contexts. Providing a review of the literature demonstrates a need for a new knowledge of dementia measure for use with non-professional care staff, a traditionally underrepresented group in terms of research. Part 2 of the study describes the conceptual development and validation study of the new measure: the DK-20. The strengths and limitations and implications for practice of the new tool are discussed, along with recommendations for further research. Finally, Part 3 offers a critical review of the study. Reasons for choosing the project along with thoughts and reflections on the process, in particular around recruitment and measure development are presented. This study forms part of a joint project focusing on developing questionnaires for dementia care staff. Certain aspects of the project were undertaken in collaboration with a fellow Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Astrid Schepers. The specific areas of joint work and individual work are outlined in Part 2.

Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Title:The development of a knowledge of dementia measure for residential care staff: from conceptual development to empirical evaluation
Language:English
Additional information:Thesis in two volumes: volume 2 is restricted
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of)

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