Positive About Dementia – an Interdisciplinary Project for Designing Dementia Education in Europe


  • H. Martinz
  • D. Gebhard
  • M. Raitanen
  • M. Johnson
  • K. Irving
  • M. de Vugt
  • A. Innes
  • E. Mir


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.






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