An academic survey carried out by researchers from La Trobe University has found that most aged care staff don’t have the access or time to read research evidence that could improve the care they give to residents.
Surveying Victorian residential aged care staff, the study asked them to list three research priorities they felt were relevant to the care they provide.
The most common responses were workforce issues – staff ratios and retention – managing residents with dementia and the funding of aged care.
They responded that it was a mix of these three areas that was making their job more difficult. They felt they were unable to adequately care for the increasing number of residents with dementia due to a shortage of skilled staff and inadequate funding.
The researchers concluded that although there is a wealth of academic research on dementia, due to time constraints and poor access, it is hard for staff to translate these ideas into practice.
Although the study was limited to Victorian RACFs, the authors believe the results reflect the international literature and likely reflect the sentiments Australia-wide.Do you have an idea for a story?
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