Evaluating a self-directed palliative care learning package for rural aged care workers: a pilot study

Int J Palliat Nurs. 2013 Jun;19(6):290-4. doi: 10.12968/ijpn.2013.19.6.290.


Aim: To evaluate the effectiveness of a self-directed learning package in increasing palliative care knowledge and confidence for aged care workers in Rural New South Wales, Australia.

Method: Participants piloted a palliative care self-directed learning package and completed pre- and post-package knowledge and confidence questionnaires with a 6-month follow-up. The data was then analysed via paired two-tailed T-tests.

Results: There was a statistically significant mean increase in knowledge and confidence after completion of the self-directed learning package. Knowledge but not confidence increases were retained after 6 months.

Conclusion: Self-directed learning packages can play a part in increasing knowledge and confidence in palliative care for rural aged care workers. Questions remain regarding the role of ongoing support, education, and mentoring.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Humans
  • Learning*
  • Palliative Care*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Rural Population*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires