Variation in training programmes for Resident Assessment Instrument implementation

TitleVariation in training programmes for Resident Assessment Instrument implementation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsBernabei R., Murphy K., Frijters D., DuPaquier J.N, Gardent H.
JournalAge Ageing
Volume26 Suppl 2
Date PublishedSep
Accession Number9464552
Keywords*Geriatric Assessment, *Nursing Homes, *Patient Admission, Aged, Clinical Competence, Comparative Study, Curriculum, Education, Nursing, Continuing/*organization & administration, Europe, Geriatric Nursing/education, Human, Inservice Training/*organization & administration, Japan, Nursing Staff/*education, Patient Care Planning, Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, United States

BACKGROUND: this paper provides an overview of the Minimum Data Set/Resident Assessment Instrument (MDS/RAI) training programmes in eight countries where the system has been introduced into nursing homes. Formal education and training in the skills of assessment and care planning of nursing home personnel is reputed to be poor. In response to this problem several researchers and clinicians view MDS/RAI implementation as an opportunity to upgrade staff knowledge in care of elderly people. RESULTS: the courses in the eight countries varied in content and length according to the different goals each interRAI researcher planned when the MDS/RAI was implemented. As expected the greatest differences in training approach were between the USA and other countries. In the USA, where the MDS/RAI was mandated for use in all nursing homes, tens of thousands of professionals had to be oriented to use the system in a relatively short period of time in order to comply with the law. The training programmes therefore tended to be very short compared with those that emerged in countries where the MDS/RAI was freely chosen and implemented.