Development of a Web-Based Training Program for Dementia Caregivers in Hong Kong

Daniel W.H. Ho, Vivian Mak, Timothy C.Y. Kwok, May Lan Alma Mary Gerardina Au, Florence K.Y. Ho

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Abstract

Training and counseling is helpful to family caregivers of patients with dementia, but accessibility is limited by the need for face-to-face contact. Web-based learning may provide a possible alternative. The current study evaluated the demographic background and stressfulness of 279 dementia family caregivers and explored their opinions (willingness, preferences, and expectations) of an online dementia-related education program (dementia E-learning program) that combined dementia education and psychological and emotional support to caregivers. Over 80% of the respondents showed interest in participating in the dementia E-learning program. It was more appealing to a younger generation, those with higher education level, those with higher awareness of alternative learning channels, in particular an online channel, and those performing assistive caregiving. Convenience was the leading reason for E-learning, while handling behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia was the most expected learning goal for the program. This study suggested a demand for dementia E-learning resources in Hong Kong, and a comprehensive framework for a multi-domain dementia E-learning platform, ADCarer.com, was conceptualized.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-223
Number of pages13
JournalClinical Gerontologist
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2015

Keywords

  • dementia
  • E-learning
  • family caregivers
  • intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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