Improvement of family carers’ knowledge, skills and attitudes in caring for older people following the implementation of a Family Carers’ Training Program in the community in Indonesia

Authors

  • Junaiti Sahar BSN BAdmin MAppSc,

    1. PhD Candidate, Centre for Nursing Research, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing, University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
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  • Mary Courtney RN PhD,

    1. Director of Research, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and Visiting Consultant (Research), Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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  • Helen Edwards RN PhD

    1. Head, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Quuensland, Australia
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Mary Courtney, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, Victoria Park Road, Kelvin Grove, Qld 4059, Australia. Email: m.courtney@qut.edu.au

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine family carers’ knowledge, skills and attitudes in caring for older people following the implementation of a Family Carers’ Training Program (FCTP). Family carers (n = 240) from two villages in Indonesia were randomly selected. All participants were surveyed by questionnaires and their care behaviour observed at baseline, three and six months. Findings indicated significant increases in knowledge, skills and attitudes in the intervention group over six months compared to those of the control group. Hence, the FCTP demonstrated a positive effect on family carers’ capabilities and attitudes in caring for older people living in the community in the study setting.

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