Staff Training to Manage Aggressive Resident Behaviors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$1,327,479.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
2R44AG024675-02
Award Id:
75820
Agency Tracking Number:
AG024675
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
OREGON CENTER FOR APPLIED SCIENCE, INC., 260 E. 11th Avenue, EUGENE, OR, 97401
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
783579782
Principal Investigator:
A IRVINE
(541) 342-7227
BIRVINE@ORCASINC.COM
Business Contact:
ELIXABETH GREENE
() -
grantsmanagement@orcasinc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The proposed project will develop an interactive multi-media training program for professional caregivers who are regularly subjected to aggressive behaviors by older adults in long term care facilities (LTCs; Gates, Fi tzwater, and Succop, 2005). Staff training is needed to comply both with OSHA guidelines to protect workers from workplace violence, and OBRA regulations governing nursing assistant education in mental health and social services. Program modules will prese nt 1) a prevention approach for dealing with aggression, 2) specific communication and management techniques for use when a resident is agitated or aggressive, 3) individual and team-based strategies for situations where resident aggression is a threat to the safety of other residents or to staff, 4) techniques for caregiver emotional self-care after an incident has occurred, 5) general information on dementia-care and related issues. An additional password protected module for administrators will explain t he cost benefits of effective training and of an organizational culture that promotes a person centered care philosophy to prevent problem behaviors. The interactive multimedia format is particularly well-suited for staff training of this type because it h as been shown to be effective (Irvine, Bourgeois, and Ary, 2003), and it is not staff-intensive to implement. Users will move through the program at their own pace, which is a beneficial feature for individuals with limited education or reading ability. Th e skill-based instructional design will include interactive tutorials. The competency-based instructional design, built around modeling in realistic video vignettes, will advance users when the material is understood, and will automatically review content not initially mastered. Summary printouts of program content for users and documentation of training progress for supervisors will be supplied. The Phase I prototype program showed significant effects in a randomized trial on the Internet. The Phase II pro duct will be developed in Internet and CD-ROM/DVD-ROM formats with a workbook available to facilitate both individual and group usage. It will be evaluated with a large randomized trial (n=300). Professional caregivers in long term care facility are regula rly subjected to workplace violence in the form of aggressive resident behaviors. The proposed program will give caregiving staff the skills to recognize and prevent symptoms that often lead to aggressive behaviors. Staff will also gain skills to deal with aggression that does occur in ways to maximize safety of both the resident and the caregiver.

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