China: Elsevier launches nursing education platform

Peking University campus

Dutch publishing and analytics company Elsevier has launched Elderly Care China, an online platform that delivers nursing education to address the growing demand for quality geriatric care management services in China.

“Elderly Care China meets the needs of China’s elderly care industry for educational content in terms of content authority, localisation and practical application. We believe that Elsevier can continue to enrich the teaching content of Elderly Care China and help the cultivation of elderly care professionals in China,” said Guifang Gui at Peking University School of Nursing.

Incorporating geriatric nursing care literature from Elsevier’s reference book, Geriatric Nursing, Elderly Care China has undergone review by a panel of Chinese experts to deliver a customised syllabus that is aligned to the context, guidelines and practices of China’s elderly care management.

Currently, China has more than 40 million disabled and semi-disabled elderly people and falls short of the 1:4 nursing staff to elderly ratio recommended by the Ministry of Civil Affairs. With only an estimated 4.45 million number of nursing care professionals available by the end of 2019, at least an additional 10 million geriatric care nurses are needed.

Elsevier will initially introduce an online version of Elderly Care China with plans to extend the solution across a mobile platform and other point terminals.

At launch, the syllabus will focus on nursing education content centred on geriatric management around daily care, preventive care, mental health issues and neurological diseases. This will gradually expand to include syllabus related to other geriatric-specific conditions. In addition, the content will be regularly refreshed with information arising from the latest regulatory and industry framework to help China’s geriatric care professionals keep current and updated with the latest developments.

In 2019, Elderly Care China was conceived as a key component of the three-year Sino-German Eldercare Project in a collaboration involving Elsevier, FuU-Sachsen, and Deutsch-Chinesische Sozialwerk along with eight Chinese colleges and universities.