Implementation or Education: Changing Dementia Care Practices in Hospitals

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Implementation or Education: Changing Dementia Care Practices in Hospitals

Guest Lecture – 5 December 2017

Presented by A/Prof. Laurie Grealish


Many research studies have determined that hospital staff are not well equipped to support the unique care needs of people with dementia. Authors of these studies recommend further education for staff. Following a two-year NHMRC Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship, Associate Professor Grealish suggests that implementation science provides a wider range of change strategies than education alone. This presentation will review strategies that hold promise in the area of in-hospital dementia care.

Doctor Laurie Grealish

RN, PhD, FCNA

Associate Professor in Subacute and Aged Nursing
Menzies Health Institute Queensland and School of Nursing & Midwifery Griffith University and Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service

Laurie Grealish holds a joint research appointment between Griffith University and Gold Coast Health. In this role, Laurie supports clinician initiated studies as well as leads a research program in the areas of hospitalised older people with cognitive impairment, end-of-life care, and work-based learning. She is an experienced academic, awarded for her leadership in work-based learning. In 2016, Laurie was awarded an NHMRC Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship (2016-17) to implement a delirium prevention program for older hospitalised adults.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning Outcomes:
    1. Describe the benefits and limitations of implementation and education for changing dementia care practice;
    2. Describe one model of implementation.

Professional Value

1 hour lecture equals 1 point (Nursing) (Allied Health)

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