From the rural midwest to the rural Southeast: Evaluation of the generalizability of a successful geriatric mental health training program

M. Smith, K. C. Buckwalter, M. Hirsch, Ivo L Abraham, S. Mitchell, C. Kreiter

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The care of mentally ill persons residing in long-term-care (LTC) facilities is a matter of great and on-going concern. Day-to-day care providers in nursing homes and other LTC settings too often lack skills to understand and manage behavioral symptoms. Geriatric mental health training programs that address the diverse needs of staff and patients are needed to improve the quality of care provided. This project explored the generalizability of a geriatric mental health training program that was used successfully with a culturally homogeneous group of LTC providers in the rural Midwest. Program materials and training approaches, including both a direct-training and a train-the-trainer format, were further evaluated with culturally and educationally diverse LTC staff in the rural Southeast. Findings suggest that the training materials were perceived as useful and relevant, but that the training methods used to train staff must be tailored to the population's individual needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-138
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Mental Health and Aging
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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