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Medical Students’ Perceptions of Dementia after Participation in Poetry Workshop with People with Dementia
Purpose: Researchers assessed whether medical students' participation in a poetry workshop with people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) affected their attitudes towards persons with ADRD. Objective: To add to the growing body of research summarizing the impact of nonclinical interventions on medical students' perspectives about people with ADRD. Design: Researchers used dementia attitudes scale (DAS) and interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA) to analyze participants' attitudes. Setting: Osteopathic medical school and dementia care unit in the state of New Jersey. Participants: Eleven out of fourteen medical students completed the study. Measurements: Emerging themes were classified from the postintervention semistructured interviews and descriptive statistics were used to compare the preintervention to postintervention DAS. Results: Researchers found statistically significant differences between preintervention and postintervention DAS scores. Study participants scored a preintervention DAS mean, 107.09 (SD = 11.85), that changed positively and significantly to the postintervention DAS mean, 121.82 (SD = 10.38). DAS subdomains, "comfort" (p = 0.002) and "knowledge" (p = 0.01), and eleven of the twenty DAS items underwent a positive and statistically significant shift from preintervention to postintervention. IPA of the interviews yielded five primary and five secondary themes, supporting the measured statistical outcomes. Conclusion: Medical students' participation in a poetry workshop, with people with ADRD, positively impacts their attitudes.
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