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Piloting the global capacity education e-tool: can capacity be taught to health care professionals across different international jurisdictions?

  • Carmelle Peisah (a1) (a2) (a3), Yaffa Lerman (a4) (a5), Nathan Herrmann (a6), Jeremy Rezmovitz (a7) and Kenneth Shulman (a6)...


Determining decision-making capacity is part of everyday business for health care professionals working with older adults. We used a modified Delphi approach to develop an inclusive curriculum for a capacity education e-tool with global application and clinical relevance to a range of disciplines. The tool comprised: (i) 25 questions forming a “pre-test” for the adaptive and personalized e-Learning platform; (ii) a learning module based on the participant’s response to the “pre-test”; (iii) a “post-test” (the same baseline 25 questions) to test knowledge translation. The tool was tested on 31 health care professionals across Israel (8), Canada (15), and Australia (8) from the following disciplines: General Practitioners (GP) (19), Internal Medicine (1), Palliative Care GP (2); Palliative Care Physician (2), Geriatrician (2); and one of each: Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Psychiatrist, Aged Care Researcher, and Aged Care Pharmacist. The mean baseline pre-test score was 19.1/25 (S.D. =1.61; range 15–22) and post-test score 21.7/25 (S.D.= 1.42; range 18–24); with a highly significant improvement in test scores (paired t-test P < 0.0001; t=10.81 on 30 df). This is the first such pilot study to demonstrate that generic capacity principles can be taught to health care professionals from different disciplines regardless of jurisdiction.


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Correspondence should be addressed to: Carmelle Peisah, University of NSW, Randwick, Sydney, New South Wales, 2031, Australia. Email:


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Piloting the global capacity education e-tool: can capacity be taught to health care professionals across different international jurisdictions?

  • Carmelle Peisah (a1) (a2) (a3), Yaffa Lerman (a4) (a5), Nathan Herrmann (a6), Jeremy Rezmovitz (a7) and Kenneth Shulman (a6)...


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