The influence of the learning climate on learning outcomes from Marte Meo counselling in dementia care
Version of Record online: 1 OCT 2012
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Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Promoting excellence - Evidence-based Practice at the Bedside and Beyond Issue editors: Kristiina Hyrkas and James P. Rhudy Jr
Volume 21, Issue 1, pages 130–140, January 2013
How to Cite
ALNES, R. E., KIRKEVOLD, M. and SKOVDAHL, K. (2013), The influence of the learning climate on learning outcomes from Marte Meo counselling in dementia care. Journal of Nursing Management, 21: 130–140. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2012.01436.x
- Issue online: 22 JAN 2013
- Version of Record online: 1 OCT 2012
- Accepted for publication: 18 April 2012
- learning climate;
- Marte Meo;
- nursing homes
Aim To identify factors that affected the learning outcomes from Marte Meo counselling (MMC).
Background Although MMC has shown promising results regarding learning outcomes for staff working in dementia-specific care units, the outcomes differ.
Method Twelve individual interviews and four focus group interviews with staff who had participated in MMC were analysed through a qualitative content analysis.
Results The learning climate has considerable significance for the experienced benefit of MMC and indicate that this learning climate depends on three conditions: establishing a common understanding of the content and form of MMC, ensuring staff’s willingness to participate and the opportunity to do so, and securing an arena in the unit for discussion and interactions.
Conclusion Learning outcomes from MMC in dementia-specific care units appear to depend on the learning climate in the unit.
Implication for nursing management The learning climate needs attention from the nursing management when establishing Marte Meo intervention in nursing homes. The learning climate can be facilitated through building common understandings in the units regarding why and how this intervention should take place, and by ensuring clarity in the relationship between the intervention and the organization’s objectives.