Interactive Training for Staff Who Care for Psychiatric Residents

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43NR009881-01
Agency Tracking Number: NR009881
Amount: $234,400.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: PHS2006-2
Small Business Information
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (541) 342-7227
Business Contact
Phone: (541) 342-7227
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Residents in long-term care facilities and patients in hospitals may exhibit challenging behaviors caused by mental illness. The proposed project will develop an interactive program designed to sharpen the skills of professional staff who work with these residents. Skill-based modules, designed to accommodate users regardless of reading ability, will consist of self-paced interactive tutorials built around realistic video modeling vignettes. The competency-based instructional design will allow users to advance at their own pace when the material is understood. Program modules will address 1) basic communication skills and appropriate response strategies with agitated or disoriented residents, 2) advanced skills including team based approaches and prevention strategies, 3) techniques for staff self-care, 4) general information on mental illness, and 5) an administrators-only module demonstrating the cost effectiveness and organizational underpinnings for a facility-wide philosophy of person centered care. Summary printouts of program content for users and documentation of training progress for supervisors will be supplied. The Phase I research will develop internet and CD-ROM training programs covering basic communication skills, informational modules about mental illness and documentation requirements. The program will be evaluated in a randomized trial with professional care giving staff. Phase II will finish development of all modules, and will be evaluated in a larger randomized trial at multiple facilities via the internet.

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