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The Electronic Dementia Guide for Excellence (EDGE): An Internet-based Education Program for Care of Residents With Dementia in Nursing Homes

RONCH, JUDAH L. PhD; BRADLEY, ANN MARIE CNS; POHLMANN, ELIZABETH MPH; CUMMINGS, NANCY A. MBA; HOWELLS, DAVID MPA; O'BRIEN, MARY ELLEN BS; BERIA, JOSE BS

FEATURE TOPIC: EDUCATING CAREGIVERS FORPERSON-CENTERED DEMENTIA CARE
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The Electronic Dementia Guide for Excellence (EDGE) is an Internet-based education program designed to use person-centered care principles to improve the quality of care and life of persons with dementia in nursing homes and other settings. The process of developing, testing, modifying, rolling out, and adapting the EDGE Web site and program in various settings is described

Judah L. Ronch, PhD, is currently vice president for mental health and wellness for Erickson Retirement Communities, and was the primary consultant for EDGE.

Ann Marie Bradley, CNS, facilitates quality improvement program development in long-term care. As EDGE project director, she codeveloped EDGE, and provided education in varied dementia care settings to implement it in practice.

Elizabeth Pohlmann, MPH, brings her 15 years of experience in dementia-related care issues to her current role of education and research director at the Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center, Cohoes, NY.

Nancy A. Cummings, MBA, is the vice president and director of the Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center, an assisted living facility for persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

David Howells, MPA, is the director of planning for Northeast Health, Troy, NY. He holds a master's degree in public administration and is a licensed nursing home administrator with more than 20 years experience in long-term care.

Mary Ellen O'Brien, BS, has worked in the healthcare field since 1986. Currently, she is the assistant project manager of the New York State Department of Health Dementia Grants Program.

Jose Beria, BS, is Webmaster for the Dementia Grants Program at Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center, Cohoes, NY.

Address correspondence to: Elizabeth Pohlmann, MPH, Dementia Grants Program, Eddy Alzheimer's Services, 421 W Columbia St, Cohoes, NY 12047. E-mail: pohlmanl@nehealth.com.

The authors acknowledge the financial support and collaborative efforts of many of their colleagues at The New York State Department of Health in the funding and development of this project, and the healthcare settings that cooperated in the various stages of developing and utilizing EDGE. We thank Ann Gibson for her many significant contributions to the development of EDGE, and Karin Gardner for her help in the preparation of this manuscript.

©2004Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.