We will be videoing hospital patients who have dementia and communication problems whilst they are interacting with healthcare staff during everyday care on the wards. We are keen to film doctors, nurses and allied health professionals (e.g. occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists), to study how they communicate with patients with dementia. We will analyse the videos to help us understand what communication strategies work well.
We will use the findings from the videos to design a training course for healthcare professionals, which aims to give them more effective communication skills. We plan to train actors to help the healthcare professionals to practice their communication skills in a more realistic way.
We will then trial the training course with doctors and nurses, to see if the training increases their confidence and skills in communicating with people with dementia.