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A survey on the training needs of caregivers in five European countries

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  • George Pavlidis
  • Carolyn Downs
  • Bartek Kalinowski
  • Ilona Zwiatek-Barylska
  • Lambros Lazuras
  • Antonia Ypsilanti
  • Marianna Tsatali
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2/01/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Nursing Management
Publication statusAccepted/In press
Original languageEnglish


This survey explored caregivers’ perceived training needs in 5 European countries (United Kingdom, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland and Italy).

Training can enhance the professional capacity of caregivers, however, caregivers’ training needs within Europe has not been examined recently.

A survey conducted in 2015 captured data from 550 caregivers using a convenience sampling strategy, through a structured questionnaire and additional open‐ended items and by conducting statistical and content analysis.

The results indicated basic nursing skills and specialization, as well as training in psychology‐related skills like time management, emotion regulation, communication, and advanced health care systems as the emerging training needs There were some country differences in specific training needs areas.

It was concluded that training in basic nursing skills and specialization in nursing specific conditions, in advanced health care systems, as well as in psychology‐related skills could add to the professional capacity of European caregivers employed in health and social care.

Implications for Nursing Management
The findings inform about employed caregivers’ training needs in Europe, which may contribute in the provision of quality care and organizational efficiency in health and social care.