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University of Kansas School of Nursing are seeking nursing homes nationwide to participate

Posted 11 months ago by April Bishop

Dr. Kristine Williams and I from the University of Kansas School of Nursing are seeking nursing homes nationwide to participate in a NIH-funded research study testing a new online version of the evidence-based Changing Talk (CHAT) communication training program.

CHAT educates staff about reducing elderspeak (infantilizing communication) and results in reduced behavioral symptoms and need for psychotropic medication for residents with dementia. The new online version (Changing Talk: Online Training (CHATO)) consists of 3; one-hour interactive online modules that provide flexible and accessible access for staff.

There is no cost, direct-care staff can earn 3 contact hours, and all staff get a Certificate of Completion.

Benefits to you, your staff, and your residents include:

  • A person-centered approach.
  • Education about elderspeak and better communication strategies.
  • Reduction in resistiveness to care and other behavioral symptoms in residents with dementia.
  • Reduction in the need for psychotropic medication.
  • Convenient, online educational format for busy nursing homes.
  • Qualifies for CMS dementia care training hours requirements.
  • A free, nonpharmacological, evidence-based intervention is an excellent addition to a Quality Improvement Plan.

 Please see our website to learn more about CHATO and view our training resources or

Access our Google drive to download our NEW pilot research and CHATO National Trial information.

 Please share this information with your network and nursing home colleges. Thank you for your time and consideration. Please contact us for more information and to discuss this opportunity further.


Carissa Coleman, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
(970) 270-6839 or  

Kristine Williams, RN, PhD, FGSA, FAAN
E Jean Hill Professor
(913) 588-1673 or