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Development and evaluation of a training program for nursing home professionals to improve communication in dementia care


Haberstroh, J., Neumeyer, K., Schmitz, B., Pantel, J.


Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie Und Geriatrie, Volume: 42, No.: 2, Pages.: 108-116

Year of Publication



The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate a skill training aimed at increasing the social competence of caregivers of nursing home residents suffering from dementia. Herewith, the professional burden and occupational stress of the caregivers should be reduced and the quality of life of dementia patients should be increased. The contents of the training focused on problems and strategies in the communication with dementia patients and the communication with colleagues. The effectiveness of the intervention was tested in a controlled training study using a multiple control group design and process measurement. The participants of the trainings were 53 nursing home professionals, who were in daily contact with residents suffering from dementia. The results of the study verify effects for all relevant variables. The “social competence” of the caregivers increased and their “work stress” decreased while the “quality of life of dementia patients” increased. Therefore it can be concluded that training the social competence of nursing home professionals is a method to indirectly reduce their work stress and support dementia patients. The results of research in this program underline very clearly that the developed training is an effective option to improve the situation of dementia care in nursing homes. To make the intervention widely applicable we are currently developing a “multiplier program” in a follow-up project.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Haberstroh_2008, doi = {10.1007/s00391-008-0527-x}, url = {}, year = 2008, month = {mar}, publisher = {Springer Science $mathplus$ Business Media}, volume = {42}, number = {2}, pages = {108--116}, author = {J. Haberstroh and K. Neumeyer and B. Schmitz and J. Pantel}, title = {Evaluation eines Kommunikationstrainings für Altenpfleger in der stationären Betreuung demenzkranker Menschen (Tandem im Pflegeheim)}, journal = {Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie} }


aged, aged, 80 and over, carer, clinical competence, communication, competence, dementia, education nursing, epidemiology, female, germany, humans, male, methods, nursing, nursing assessment, nursing homes, organization administration, program evaluation, statistics & numerical data, teaching

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Case Control Study

Type of Outcomes

Carers’ Mental Health, Other, Quality of Life of Person With Dementia


Nursing Homes

Type of Interventions

Workforce oriented interventions

Workforce Interventions

Professional Training / Continuing Professional Development