gkioka_grDr. Mara Gkioka - Psychologist
Greek Association of Alzheimer´s Disease and Related Disorders
Saint Helen Day Center
Petrou Syndika 13
54643 Thessaloniki/ Greece

Phone: +30 6949 733 344
Fellows: Prof. Dr. Magda Tsolaki, Dr. rer. nat. Birgit Teichmann


Educational Aspects in Medicine and in Nursing Care – Training for the Promotion of Sensitisation and Enhanced Competency

There is a great percentage of people who have cognitive impairment as a secondary diagnosis during their admission to hospitals. As a matter of fact, this assumption of multimorbidity is usual more in people who suffer from dementia  than in other patients. There are special needs to hospitalize these patients not only because of their cognitive loss of capacity, but also because of behavioral disorders and their psychological symptoms. In addition, People suffering from dementia are more vulnerable to hospital’s new surrounding such as the hectic pace of the emergency room, the tight schedule as well as to stressful examinations. As a result to these they react often with anxiety, restlessness and aggressive behavior., Professionals in greek hospitals (physicians and nurses) are not at all specifically trained in dementia care, so as to react adequately to such behavior, which creates even more confusion and agitation among the patients.

The aim of this study is:

  1. work on  Educational aspects in medicine-. measures for improving dementia care in acute-care hospitals. We are to find out what are the specific educational requirements with respect to the sensitization and competence-building of physicians. Furthermore another question is how to develop and implement a training concept that proves effective with particular attention to increased sensitization and competence-building as well. A) daily routines, b) biographical approach to care c) the participation of relatives to the specific conditions of hospital care d)spatial changes
  2. work on Educational aspects in nursing care. Other professionals like nurses  have neither a specific knowledge of dementia nor have they ever been trained appropriately. Significant deficits exist in the field of person-centred care provided to patients in acute-care hospitals, apparent in inappropriate spatial environments, the lack of culture of a “caring” and problematic attitudes towards patients with dementia and dementia itself. This is one of the reasons why hospitalization often poses such a heavy burden for caring relatives instead of, as is frequently assumed, giving them a short break from their caring activities.

We are going to create an educational program for nurses in order to detect stress symptoms before and after the training for their sensitization and competence in these patient’s caring. Educational seminars will be take place once a month in every hospital.





04/2016 - 04/2021   Member of the NAR Graduate Program “People with Dementia in Acute-care Hospitals“, Heidelberg University
seit 01/2014   Researcher collaborator with Professor Tsolaki Magda, Neropsychiatrist of School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
09/2015 - 03/2016   Researcher at ‘’Masitinib's effect on the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Evaluate efficacy and safety of masitinib combination with cholinesterase inhibitors and/or memantine to placebo in combination with cholinesterase inhibitors and/or memantine. A 24-week, prospective, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 3-parallel group’’
08/2014 - 03/2016   Researcher at NILVAD, ‘’A European multicentre double-blind placebo-controlled phase III trial of nilvadipine in mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease’’
09/2014 - 11/2015   Researcher at: JPND research. ‘’Biomarkers in Alzheimer and Parkinson Diabetes"
01/2014 - 10/2015   Researcher at: JPND research. ‘’Biomarkers in Alzheimer and Parkinson disease" (BIOMARKAPD)
09/2012 - 07/2014   Psychologist Counselor in children with or without special needs
09/2008 - 11/2008   Psychologist Counselor in vulnerable groups, Department of Health, Prefecture of West Attica - Elefsina, Greece
10/2008 - 12/2011   Aristotle University – Thessaloniki, Greece Master’s Degree Program in Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology
10/2002 - 07/2007   Aristotle University – Thessaloniki, Greece Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology







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