Poster Abstract

Evaluating the Effect of Nationwide Training Program for Professionals of Long-term Care in Taiwan (P004)

Chung-I Huang (Department of Technology Application and Human Resource Development, N.T.N.U.); Meei-Shiow Lu (The National Union of Nurses’ Associations ROC); Ching-Min Chen (Department of Nursing, National Cheg-Kung University, Taiwan); Li-Chu Wu (Graduate Institute of Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health, NTU); Yao-Hua Wang (Department of Technology Application and Human Resource Development, N.T.N.U.); Lung-Sheng Lee (Department of Business Management, National United University)

In response to significant increasing demand for long-term care, the Department of Health (DOH) launched long-term care professional manpower training program in 2010. The National Union of Nurses’ Associations commissioned by DOH to implement the Level I training program.

From May to July, 2011, there are 8 Level I training programs held. Materials used have reached consensus by expert meetings and Delphi technique, and training targets included medical professionals, social workers and clinical psychologists. To ensure the quality of training programs, attendants of each program were measured before and after training. Total number of trained attendants is 1963, and 1937 of them passed the tests (the standard is score 70 in the post test).

Most of the attendants are nurses (55.8%), pharmacists (11.9%), and physical therapists (8.1%). Passing rates of all professions are higher than 97%. According to results of dependent T test between the tests before and after training of 1786 subjects, attendants’ performance is significantly better after received the training (p < .001), which implies that present training program could significantly enhance long-term care related ability of training attendants.

The purpose of Level I training program is offering prospective workers basic ability of long-term care before they carry out this service. This excellent results and experiences of this program will apply to continual education after employed. When human resource of long-term care is enough in the future, completion of Level I training program should be legislated as the requirement of long-term care service.