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Direct Care Workforce Training: Internet Accessibility and Acceptance.

Authors
  • Ochylski, Daniel P
  • Luz, Clare C
  • Shen, Xiaoxi
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of gerontological nursing
Publication Date
Feb 02, 2017
Pages
1–7
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3928/00989134-20170127-01
PMID: 28152152
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Evidence exists that web-based learning for health care professionals can improve topic-specific knowledge, increase access to training, and lower training costs. However, limited information exists on the value of online education for improving hands-on skills as part of personal care aide (PCA) training. New PCA training programs are emerging that are fully online or hybrid models that blend online with in-person instruction. Such programs require access to a computer and high-speed internet, which could prove difficult for low-income PCAs who are less likely to own a computer. The current study evaluated a PCA training demonstration that examined issues of internet access, use, and acceptability for PCA training. Results show most trainees prefer a hybrid online/in-person model, but there are gaps in access and acceptability, particularly related to reading ability. These findings have implications for health care providers who deliver training programs aimed at developing a qualified PCA workforce capable of providing competent care to older adults. [Journal of Gerontological Nursing, xx(x), xx-xx.].

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