Priority 18 from the Seniors' Health (Alberta, Canada) PSP

UNCERTAINTY: What educational strategies are most effective in improving the knowledge of staff working in continuing care setting? (JLA PSP Priority 18)
Overall ranking 18
JLA question ID 0083/18
Explanatory note

Delivering high quality care informed by research evidence needs constant education. People wanted research to address the best ways of translating research knowledge into practices in our home care, supportive living, and nursing homes.  


1. People's experience in adult social care services: Improving the experience of care and support for people using adult social care services. (2018, February). Retrieved from

2. Dementia: Assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers. (2018, June). Retrieved from

Health Research Classification System category Generic health relevance
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples The lack of caregiver (in supportive living sites) knowledge of caring for persons with dementia ~ Better trained staff at long term and short term care facilities ~ Lack of education on dementia care for HCAs. ~ Many care facilities have staff that are not educated as to the key elements of treating and caring for people with diseases like dementia. I also have extreme concern about the lack of communication systems and speech-language pathology services in the care facilities. Many residents have absolutely no means of communicating when simple symbol boards would at least give them a way to let staff know their basic needs and wants (food, toileting, pain, yes/no, hot/cold)
Submitted by  Health/Social care provider 6, Caregiver 2, Older Adult  2
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0083
PSP name Seniors' Health (Alberta, Canada)
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 97  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 13 August 2018