Development of a medication management program for developmental support workers

Bennett, Julia (2023) Development of a medication management program for developmental support workers. Practicum Report. Memorial University of Newfoundland. (Unpublished)

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Background: Medication errors are a worldwide health care problem, which poses a risk to patients, caregivers, and the healthcare system. This risk can be mitigated through effective medication management. At Momentum Developmental Support, developmental support workers (DSWs) provide 24-hour residential care for adults with intellectual disabilities, province wide (Newfoundland). However, DSWs receive minimal training in medication management. Consequently, this could lead to a rise in medication errors, negatively impacting client safety. Purpose: The aim of this practicum project is to develop a medication management program to improve DSWs’ knowledge, confidence, and skills about medication management. Methods: Three key methods were used to develop the medication management resource: 1) an extensive literature review, 2) consultations with managers and DSWs at Momentum, and 3) an environmental scan of available resources. Results: The literature review identified a lack of medication knowledge, confidence, and skills among DSWs, primarily attributed to the absence of hands-on training, which could potentially lead to medication errors. Consultations further confirmed the lack of consistent training and resources for medication management, with a preference for classroom-based learning as the most effective teaching strategy. The environmental scan aligned with these findings, emphasizing the significance of combining theoretical and practical learning in a classroom setting while highlighting the challenges associated with online learning. Conclusion: A half-day medication management workshop was developed to strengthen DSW’s knowledge, confidence, and skills about medication management.

Item Type: Report (Practicum Report)
Item ID: 16353
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 184-185)
Keywords: medication management, developmental support workers, educational workshop, knowledge
Department(s): Nursing, Faculty of
Date: December 2023
Date Type: Submission
Medical Subject Heading: Medication Therapy Management--standards--Newfoundland and Labrador; Medication Errors--prevention & control--Newfoundland and Labrador; Allied Health Personnel--education--Newfoundland and Labrador; Delivery of Health Care--Newfoundland and Labrador

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