Impact of participation in timeslips, a creative group-based storytelling program, on medical student attitudes toward persons with dementia: A qualitative study

Daniel R. George, Heather L. Stuckey, Caroline F. Dillon, Megan M. Whitehead

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Purpose:To evaluate whether medical student participation in TimeSlips (TS), a creative group-based storytelling program, with persons affected by dementia would improve student attitudes toward this patient population.Design and Methods:Fifteen fourth-year medical students from Penn State College of Medicine participated in a month-long regimen of TS sessions at a retirement community. Student course evaluations were analyzed at the conclusion of the program to examine perceived qualitative changes in attitude.Findings: Qualitative data revealed insights into the manner in which student attitudes toward a geriatric patient population became more positive.Implications:This is the first known pilot study to suggest that participation in a creative group-based storytelling program might improve medical student attitudes toward persons with dementia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-703
Number of pages5
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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