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Table 5 Key characteristics of online dementia education programmes

From: Establishing the effectiveness of technology-enabled dementia education for health and social care practitioners: a systematic review

Study Setting/participants Programme Duration Programme characteristics
Bentley, Kerr et al. 2019 [14] Primary care
International medical graduates and practice nurses
Online interactive educational resource (recognising, diagnosing, and managing dementia in general practice) 4 modules
Total duration: 3 h
Delivery method: fully online
Instructional strategy: NS
MID: video; external learning resources
Interactivity: NS
Chao, Kaas et al. 2016 [52] Long-term care
Nurses
Advanced Innovative Internet-Based Communication Education Program 4 modules
Total duration NS
Delivery method: blended learning
Instructional strategy: case-based
MID: video; face-to-face
Interactivity: face-to-face discussion; online discussion NOS; online reflective journaling
Cobbett, Redmond et al. 2016 [53] Higher education
Nursing students
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias care course: adapted online course 8 online modules and 1 face-to-facea
Module duration: 1 h (with additional 2 h of preparatory work)
Delivery method: fully onlinea
Instructional strategy: case-based
MID: video; text
Interactivity: online discussion (asynchronous)
De Witt Jansen, Brazil et al. 2018 [54] Primary and Secondary care, Nursing Home, and Hospice
Physicians and nurses
Tele-mentoring to enhance assessment and management of pain in advanced dementia (based on Project ECHO model) 5 sessions
Session duration: 1 h 15 min
Delivery method: fully online
Instructional strategy: case-based
MID: videoconferencing
Interactivity: online discussion (synchronous)
Helms, Denson et al. 2009 [55] Higher education
Medical students
E-module: Neurology and Dementia: Psychological Aspects of Care (with clerkship materials) Total duration NS Delivery method: fully onlineb
Instructional strategy: NS
MID: video; text; external learning resources
Interactivity: NS
Hobday, Savik, and Gaugler 2010 [57] Long-term care
Direct care workers
Internet-based multimedia education program: dementia training resource 3 prototype modules
Module duration: 1 h
Delivery method: Fully Online
Instructional strategy: NS
MID: video; text; audio
Interactivity: NS
Hobday et al. 2010 [58] Long-term care
Nurse assistants
Internet-based, interactive, multimedia dementia educational program 4 modules
Module duration: 1 h
Delivery method: fully online
Instructional strategy: NS
MID: video; text; audio-narration; graphics
Interactivity: NS
Hobday, Gaugler and Mittelman 2017 [56] Hospital
Nursing assistants and allied hospital workers
CARES® dementia-friendly hospital program: online dementia training program 4 modules
Total duration NS
Delivery method: fully online
Instructional strategy: case-based
MID: video; audio-narrated text; text considers literacy levels; graphics
Interactivity: NS
Irvine, A. B., Bourgeois et al. 2007 [17] Long-term care
Nurse aides
Interactive multimedia program: professional dementia care (managing aggression) Total duration NS Delivery method: fully online
Instructional strategy: video-modelling
MID: video; text considers literacy levels; narration; graphics
Interactivity: NS
Irvine, A. Blair, Beaty et al. 2013 [59] Long-term care
Non-direct care staff including nurses
Internet dementia-training program 5 modules
2 h to complete all modules
Delivery method: fully online
Instructional strategy: video-modelling
MID: video; text considers literacy levels; narration
Interactivity: NS
Jones, Moyle 2016 [60] Long-term care
Nurses, care workers, and students
Online self-directed e-learning education intervention (based on the sexualities and dementia education resource for health professionals) 4 modules
Module duration: 1 h
Delivery method: fully online
Instructional strategy: case-based
MID: NS
Interactivity: NS
Kimzey, Mastel-Smith et al. 2016 [61] Higher education
Nursing students
Alzheimer’s disease online module Total duration NS Delivery method: fully online
Instructional strategy: NS
MID: NS
Interactivity: NS
Luconi 2008 [62] Primary care
Family physicians
Early Alzheimer’s disease program: web-based continuing medical education program 8 modules
completed over 6 months
Delivery method: fully online
Instructional strategy: case-based; practice-based learning method
MID: text; external learning resources
Interactivity: online discussions (asynchronous); moderated
Tomaz, Jose Batista Cisne, Mamede et al. 2015 [66] Primary care
Family physicians
Online PBL: clinical approach for elderly with dementia 120 h (100 h distance and 20 face-to-face) over 12 weeks Delivery method: blended learningc
Instructional strategy: case-based; PBL
MID: video; face-to-face
Interactivity: face-to-face discussion; online discussions (synchronous; asynchronous)
Vollmar, Mayer et al. 2010 [68] Primary care
General practitioners
Online modules: presentation of a dementia guideline Estimated average activity duration:
83 (15 to 200) min
Delivery method: blended learning
Instructional strategy: case-based
MID: online NOS
Interactivity: face-to-face discussions
Westmoreland, Counsell et al. 2010 [69] Higher education
Medical residents
Dementia education module within a web-based geriatrics training program Total duration NS Delivery method: fully online
Instructional strategy: case-based
MID: video; text; graphics
Interactivity: NS
  1. MID Mode of information delivery, NOS Not otherwise specified, NS Not stated/specified, PBL Problem-based learning
  2. aThe final module was delivered through a face-to-face presentation—not otherwise classified as blended learning
  3. bMultiple classifications used. Classified as fully online dementia education as authors report the efficacy of an ‘online module’ and conclude the utility of online e-modules
  4. cThis study included substantial face-to-face learning (20 h) and was classified as blended learning on this basis