Positive About Dementia – an Interdisciplinary Project for Designing Dementia Education in Europe
H. Martinz1, D. Gebhard1, M. Raitanen2, M. Johnson3, K. Irving4, M. de Vugt5, A. Innes6, E. Mir1
1Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria
2Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Finland
3University of Salford, UK
4Dublin City University, Ireland
5Maastricht University, The Netherlands
6Bournemouth University, UK
Background: Dementia is a worldwide health issue. The need for an effective dementia workforce has been stated at national, European and international level (WHO, 2012). The multi-lateral project “Positive About Dementia” is dedicated to the development of an interdisciplinary Masters Programme. Methods: One work package deals with Quality Assurance and Evaluation(QA&E). The QA&E concept applies Mixed Methods (Plano Clark & Creswell, 2008) by combining qualitative and quantitative methods. Formative and summative evaluation is realized. For example, the project’s progress is evaluated continuously; an external expert group reviews the developed Curriculum. Findings: The survey of the project´s meeting (N=16) shows that getting to know the partners, the various expectations and the different work packages were liked most (n=11). On the other hand, the meeting´s time frame was rated as too short (n=11). Discussion: An interdisciplinary approach, combining health psychology, management, neuroscience and nursing is a promising way for the development of high-quality dementia education. For a sustainable implementation close collaboration must be realized.