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The Development of Direct-Care Staff Social Interaction Coding Schemas for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia

Journal Article
March 1, 2012

Researchers tested a new tool to evaluate the cultural competency and dementia-related competencies of six direct care workers in a nursing home occupied primarily by Korean Americans. The researchers determined that the “social interaction coding schemas” are feasible to implement, easy to use, and relatively effective at evaluating direct care workers. However, the researchers note that the experiment was conducted on a small scale and in a culturally specific environment, making generalizations difficult.

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Key Takeaways

Culture- and dementia-related competencies are imperative for direct care with individuals with dementia.
A study of new assessment tools found good reliability.
Interviews found that the tools were easy to use and feasible.

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