A survey on the training needs of caregivers in five European countries

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George Pavlidis
Carolyn Downs
T Bartosz Kalinowski
Ilona Swiatek-Barylska
Lambros Lazuras
Antonia Ypsilanti
Marianna Tsatali
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John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Aim: This survey explored caregivers' perceived training needs in 5 European countries (United Kingdom, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland and Italy). Background: Training can enhance the professional capacity of caregivers; however, caregivers' training needs within Europe have not been examined recently. Methods: A survey conducted in 2015 captured data from 550 caregivers using a convenience sampling strategy, through a structured questionnaire and additional open-ended items and by conducting statistical and content analysis. Results: The results indicated basic nursing skills and specialization, as well as training in psychology-related skills like time management, emotion regulation, communication and advanced health care systems as the emerging training needs. There were some country differences in specific training need areas. Conclusions: It was concluded that training in basic nursing skills and specialization in nursing specific conditions, in advanced health care systems and in psychology-related skills could add to the professional capacity of European caregivers employed in health and social care. Implications for nursing management: The findings inform about employed caregivers' training needs in Europe, which may contribute in the provision of quality care and organisational efficiency in health and social care.
Pavlidis G, Downs C, Kalinowski TB, Swiatek-Barylska I, Lazuras L, Ypsilanti A, Tsatali M. A survey on the training needs of caregivers in five European countries. J Nurs Manag. 2020 Mar;28(2):385-398. doi: 10.1111/jonm.12940. Epub 2020 Feb 27. PMID: 31898830.