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A Nationwide Performance Measurement System to Assess Professional Training in Dementia Care


doi: 10.1097/ACQ.0b013e3181dbc057
FEATURE TOPIC: Dementia Care Training in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Settings, Part 2: Research

When offering a professional training program nationwide, it is important to assess quality and effectiveness regularly. As part of an ongoing performance measurement system, the Alzheimer's Association has developed a survey for its Foundations of Dementia Care training participants. Two variables, session quality and trainer quality, that may affect results are examined in this article. The results indicate that although there may be slight differences in outcomes for different sessions, both satisfaction and outcomes are strongly associated with the trainer.

Stephanie Hughes, MPP, Associate Director of Performance Improvement, Chapter Relations, Alzheimer's Association, National Office, Chicago, Illinois.

Peter S. Reed, PhD, MPH, President and CEO, the Center for Health Improvement, Sacramento, California.

Address correspondence to: Stephanie Hughes, MPP, Alzheimer's Association, National Office, 225 N Michigan St, Fl 17, Chicago, IL 60611 (

This research was supported by grant IIRG-05-14332 from the Alzheimer's Association Medical and Scientific Division.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.