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3rd Edition of

Singapore Nursing Research Conference

March 16-18, 2023 | Singapore

Nursing 2023

Susan Carlisle

Speaker at Singapore Nursing Research Conference 2023 - Susan Carlisle
Queens University Belfast, United Kingdom

Title : Evaluation of a Parkinsons awareness podcast for undergraduate nursing students in northern Ireland


Background: Recent evidence has highlighted that Parkinson’s education for nursing students is often limited (Maffoni et al. 2017).  To improve nursing students’ knowledge/attitudes to Parkinson’s Disease (PD), we co-developed an audio podcast to raise awareness about the condition.  

Methods: We used co-design methodology and our team consisted of more than twenty people (including people with PD, their caregivers, specialist nurses and nursing students).  Using mixed methods, we provided 332 student nurses with a validated pre and post questionnaire about their knowledge related to PD (Bhidayasiri et al. 2014).  We also explored how the podcast had influenced student practice in the six months after listening by carrying out four focus-groups (n=35).

Results: Before listening to the podcast, students scored an average of 52.74% in the pre-test and after listening this rose to 80.07%.  Using paired T-Tests, we determined statistical significance (p<0.001).  Specific improvements in student knowledge related to PD diagnosis, PD treatments and the trajectory of PD.  For focus groups, thematic analysis was used, and two main themes emerged.  The first theme was that the podcast helped students to empathise and understand the lived experiences of people living with PD.  The second theme was around how the podcast improved student care of people with PD, for example ‘getting medication on time’, the importance of PD nurse specialists and how to contact/refer patients to these services and how better support PD carers.  

Conclusion: Audio podcasts can be an effective and engaging way to enhance student nursing knowledge, empathy and practice relating to Parkinson’s Disease.  Low costs coupled with ease of production have made podcasting an appealing approach to pre-registration healthcare education however there continues to be an urgent need to improve Parkinson’s knowledge in nursing education.