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Background: Developing personnel competencies to enhance the capability of system management is an important aspect of integrated care for the elderly.
Objectives: To evaluate the training program for care managers in Nonthaburi province.
Methods: A descriptive research was designed with involved samples. For evaluating the context, input, and process, purposive sampling technique was used to recruit the sample of 4 training committees and 51 trainees, while 74 trainees were randomly sampled for the product assessment. The instruments included the dichotomous test about knowledge of elderly care, the attitudes towards elderly care questionnaire, the perception of elderly care competency questionnaire, and the satisfaction of the training program questionnaire. Semi-structured questions were used to ask the sample opinion towards the training program. Quantitative data were analyzed by descriptive statistics and content analysis was used to analyze qualitative data.
Results: 1) The context aspects, including policy and the objectives of this project, were clear, applicable, and assessable. 2) The input aspects, consisting of the knowledge and capability of lecturers, the content transferring ability of the lecturers and providing the opportunity for trainees to ask questions and to express opinions, were at a good level ( = 4.27, SD =0.60; = 4.22, SD =0.57; = 4.25, SD = 0.59, respectively). 3) The process aspect showed that the palliative care topic received the most satisfaction ( = 4.29, SD= 0.54); and 4) the product aspects showed that 56.76% of trainees gained knowledge at a very good level, and the trainees had attitude at a very good level and competencies were at a high level ( = 4.37, SD= 0.48 and = 4.02, SD = 0.71).
Conclusions: The development of competencies and attitudes of the managers in elderly care should be provided continuously and cover all sectors to refresh management knowledge of the care managers.
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