Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Interdisciplinary Health Programs

First Advisor

Janet Hahn

Second Advisor

Anita Li


neurocognitive disorders, training, healthcare students


Many individuals have misperceived ideas of what neurocognitive disorders are and how to effectively treat and care for individuals that have these disorders. Individuals working in healthcare need education on what neurocognitive disorders are to be able to provide ethical interventions, and have general knowledge on how to provide care to these people. Neurocognitive disorders, especially among older individuals, is a prevalent health complication that needs attention in order to prevent misunderstanding, and increase the possibly of knowing when intervention is needed. Additional training directed towards ethical practices is essential for both the understanding of caregivers and for the safety of the individual with a neurocognitive disorder. The study aimed to assess experiences working with individuals with neurocognitive disorders and their opinions about the effectiveness of additional training. An anonymous survey was created in order to determine this. The participants were male and female undergraduate students between the ages of 18- 50 at Western Michigan University (WMU) that were either a healthcare provider or are studying to become one. The results of this study indicated that a majority of students would want additional training on neurocognitive disorders and there were correlations between the confidence a student had and the amount of training they have received. These findings suggest that it would be beneficial to have additional trainings for healthcare workers pertaining to ethically working with these individuals through both place of employment and through additional material in health training programs at the university.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Defense Presentation