Care staff attitudes and experiences of working with older people with dementia

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Title Care staff attitudes and experiences of working with older people with dementia
Author Moyle, Wendy; Murfield, Jenny Elaine; Griffiths, Susan; Venturato, Lorraine
Journal Name Australasian Journal on Ageing
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Abstract Aim:  To determine care staff attitudes to dementia, assess levels of job satisfaction and explore how these attitudes and experience may relate to each other. Methods:  Forty-nine staff from four long-term care facilities were surveyed using the Approaches to Dementia Questionnaire and the Staff Experience of Working with Demented Residents Questionnaire. Results:  Attitudes were positive, focusing most on ‘person-centred’ care (4.35) as opposed to ‘hopefulness’ (3.66). Job satisfaction was also good, being highest in terms of ‘resident contact’ (2.92) but lowest for work ‘environment’ (2.12). Care staff attitudes to dementia were positively correlated with job satisfaction (r= 0.366, n= 48, P= 0.011), particularly for attitudes focused on ‘person-centred’ care (r= 0.393, n= 48, P= 0.006). Conclusions:  Findings suggest an important relationship between care staff attitudes and levels of job satisfaction. More work is needed to specify this relationship.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 30
Issue Number 4
Page from 186
Page to 190
ISSN 1741-6612
Date Accessioned 2012-01-20; 2012-02-14T04:02:43Z
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Aged Care Nursing
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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