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Mental Illness Training for Long Term Care Staff

Journal Article
January 1, 2012

This study notes that direct care workers in nursing homes are often not specifically trained to provide care for residents with dementia and other mental disabilities. It presents the findings of a study in which nursing aides were given an internet-based training in mental illness care. Researchers found that aides performed jobs more confidently after training. The authors further theorize that widespread use of such internet training could boost quality of care nationwide.

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Key Takeaways

Mental health needs are prevalent among nursing home residents, but workers are not trained on this topic.
This study analyzed the impact of internet-based behavioral skills training on mental health.
The training improved knowledge and attitudes of workers, and improved five out of six outcome measures.

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