The aim of the project is to team Senior Housing Research Group and
Northern Virginia Community College to produce a multi-media training
package incorporating recent research and techniques to assist cancer
patients to improve their functioning, better communicate symptomology
to improve symptom management and enhance their quality of life. This
program will be used by community colleges and by hospice programs to
train paraprofessionals, volunteers and family caregivers and will
include additional requirements for paraprofessional certification. Phase
I will research and develop a detailed training program outline,
including descriptions of multi-media training elements to be developed
in Phase II. Expert Panel approval of the training program outline and
criteria for evaluating the training program will prove the feasibility
of Phase II. In Phase II, multi-media materials to implement the training
program and a train-the-trainer module will be produced. The training
package will be tested in classes at a community college and hospices.
Trainee knowledge and skills performance will be evaluated. The products
to be marketed in Phase III will be a multi-media training package
consisting of: a palliative care and hospice training curriculum and a
train-the-trainer module for instructors.
PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION: The project will research and develop
a palliative care training package consisting of: 1) a training
curriculum; 2) paraprofessional certification in palliative care, 3)
train-the-trainer module for instructors which can be used by community
colleges, hospice and home care organizations and the cancer pain
initiatives to train paraprofessionals, volunteers and family caregivers
in palliative care and hospice.
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