mag. Kari Midtbø Kristiansen,
generalna direktorica Aldring og helse (Norveška)
The Norwegian Interdisciplinary educational program- Dementia ABC
Background: The Norwegian ABC model is an in-house educational program consisting of theoretical material gathered in folders, interdisciplinary study groups for reflections, and semi-annual seminars. The ABC-model was created in 1992 aiming at developing expert knowledge in primary health care for the elderly.
In 2017 the activities are still ongoing, and the topic materials are updated as the new knowledge develops. Since 2007 more than 26.000 health careers have participated and the program is funded as a part of the National Plan for Dementia 2015, and the ongoing National Plan for Dementia 2020.
Method: The Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Ageing and Health has been assigned responsibility for implementation of the program and reports to the Norwegian Ministry of Health. The program is led by a network of employees from Professional Centres of Competence within Specialist Health Care, Centre of Development of Institutional and Home Care Services, Regional Competence Centres and the County Government Representatives. In Municipalities leaders of the caring systems are involved, with support from the administrations. The participants should work according given criteria for the Interdisciplinary ABC-study groups. They register their activities to Ageing and Health for issuing diploma if approved. Professional caregivers and unskilled employees participates the ABC-programs over several years.
A research has been completed to measure the impact of the Dementia ABC programme on the participants’ competence in person-centred care and their level of job satisfaction (2009-2013).
Results: The Dementia ABC educational program is implemented, as registrations shows the ongoing activity in all Norwegian municipalities. The evaluation of the Dementia ABC educational programme identifies statistically significant increases in scores of person-centeredness and some variables of job satisfaction, indicating that the training has a possible positive impact.