Training Effectiveness

Protocol for the Effective Feedback to Improve Primary Care Prescribing Safety (EFIPPS) Study: A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial Using ePrescribing Data

High-risk prescribing in primary care is common and causes considerable harm. Feedback interventions to improve care are attractive because they are relatively cheap to widely implement. There is good evidence that feedback has small to moderate effects, but the most recent Cochrane review called for more high-quality, large trials that explicitly test different forms of feedback. This paper describes a protocol for a cluster-randomised trial evaluating the impact on high-risk prescribing of two different designs of feedback compared to a simple educational message. [from author]

Physiotherapy eSkills Training Online Resource Improves Performance of Practical Skills: A Controlled Trial

The aim of this study was to determine whether the an online eLearning resource in addition to usual teaching improved the performance of practical skills in physiotherapy students. [adapted from abstract]

Improving Primary Care in British Columbia, Canada: Evaluation of a Peer-to-Peer Continuing Education Program for Family Physicians

This study evaluated participant satisfaction of an interactive educational program that offers peer-to-peer training to physicians and their office staff on topics ranging from clinical tools/skills to office management relevant to general practitioner practices. [adapted from abstract]

Assessment of a Complementary Curricular Strategy for Training South African Physicians in a Cuban Medical University

Although the ethical, humanistic and solidarity Cuba’s general medical training program does not provide all skills needed by a general practitioner in South Africa, so Cuba has applied a curricular strategy of 12 complementary courses to develop the requested additional skills. The objective of this study was to determine why the complementary curricular strategy has not been entirely successful and identify possible courses of action for improvement. [adapted from abstract]

Teaching of Evidence-Based Medicine to Medical Students in Mexico: A Randomized Controlled Trial

The main objective of this study was to assess evidence-based medicine learning (knowledge, attitudes and self-reported skills) in undergraduate medical students with a randomized controlled trial. [from abstract]

Staff's Perception of Abuse in Healthcare: A Swedish Qualitative Study

The study objective was to apprehend changes in the attitude of healthcare staff to abuse in healthcare after an intervention, based on a program called “Forum Play.” [adapted from author]

Online Self-Administered Training for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment Providers: Design and Methods for a Randomized, Prospective Intervention Study

The overall objective of this study was to conduct a prospective, randomized controlled trial to evaluate the feasibility, implementation, and effectiveness of internet based training in cognitive behavioral therapy techniques for mental health providers, including a standardized telephone-delivered supervision method. [from author]

Study to Evaluate the Effectiveness of WHO Tools: Orientation Programme on Adolescent Health for Health Care Providers and Adolescent Job Aid in India

The overall goal of this study was to evaluate whether two tools, developed to build the capacity of health workers globally to respond to their adolescent and young clients effectively and with sensitivity, improved the quality of service provision and experiences of care for reproductive health services to young female clients in two districts in India. [adapted from summary]

Experience of Community Health Workers Training in Iran: A Qualitative Study

This study aimed to analyse the community health worker (CHW) training process in Iran and how different components of training have impacted on CHW performance and satisfaction. [from abstract]

Internet-Based Learning in the Health Professions: A Meta-Analysis

This analysis summarizes the effect of Internet-based instruction for health professions learners compared with no intervention and with non-Internet interventions. [from abstract]

How Do Postgraduate GP Trainees Regulate Their Learning and What Helps and Hinders Them? A Qualitative Study

The aim of this study is to explore how postgraduate general medical practitioner trainees regulate their learning in the workplace, how external regulation promotes self-regulation and which elements facilitate or impede self-regulation and learning for these healthcare workers. [adapted from abstract]

Performance of Health Workers in the Management of Seriously Sick Children at a Kenyan Tertiary Hospital: Before and after a Training Intervention

This article describes the process and results of an uncontrolled before and after study to explore intervention dose-effect relationships, as clinical practice guidelines were disseminated and training was progressively implemented. [adapted from author]

Already We See the Difference: Strengthening District Health Workforce Leadership and Management in Uganda

Participants in the Human Resources for Health Leadership and Management Course in Uganda share some perspectives on a program designed to help them address health workforce challenges at the district level. [from publisher]

Teaching the Rational Use of Medicines to Medical Students: A Qualitative Research

The objectives of this study were develop and implement a discipline based on the World Health Organizations’s “Guide to Good Prescribing”; evaluate course acceptance by students; and assess the impact that the knowledge had on the students habits of prescribing medication in a university hospital in Brazil. [adapted from abstract]

Multifaceted Intervention to Improve Health Worker Adherence to Integrated Management of Childhood Illness Guidelines in Benin

This study evaluated a nintervention to support health workers after training in integrated management of childhood illness, a strategy that can improve outcomes for children in developing countries by encouraging workers’ use of evidence-based guidelines for managing the leading causes of child mortality. [from author]

Telephone Referral Education, and Evidence of Retention and Transfer After Six Months

This study attempted to determine the longer-term effectiveness of an education session employing a structured method to teach referral-making skills to medical students. [adapted from abstract]

Clinical Capabilities of Graduates of an Outcomes Based Integrated Medical Program

This study aimed to evaluate perceived and assessed clinical capabilities of recent graduates of an outcomes-based integrated medical program and compare to benchmarks from traditional content-based or process-based programs. [from abstract]

Four-Year, Systems-Wide Intervention Promoting Interprofessional Collaboration

This article evaluated a four-year action research study across the Australian Capital Territory health system to strengthen interprofessional collaboration though multiple intervention activities. [from abstract]

eLearning Reproductive Health Module to Support Improved Student Learning and Interaction: A Prospective Interventional Study at a Medical School in Egypt

This study aimed to evaluate students’ learning outcomes from a redesigned eLearning version of the reproductive health section of a public health course, as measured by improved knowledge acquisition and opinions, and to assess e-course utilization. [adapted from abstract]

Evaluating a Streamlined Clinical Tool and Educational Outreach Intervention for Health Care Workers in Malawi: The PALM PLUS Case Study

This research evaluated the PALM PLUS (Practical Approach to Lung Health and HIV/AIDS in Malawi), a training and job-aid intervention designed to simplify and integrate existing Malawian national guidelines into a single, simple, user-friendly guideline for mid-level health care workers. [from abstract]

Evaluation of Knowledge Levels Amongst Village AIDS Committees After Undergoing HIV Educational Sessions: Results from a Pilot Study in Rural Tanzania

This paper describes the evaluation of a tailored HIV curriculum for village AIDS committees (VACs) within a rural area to determine if the curriculum increased levels of HIV knowledge among the VAC members through conducting baseline and post-training surveys. [adapted from author]

Tanzanian Lessons in Using Non-Physician Clinicians to Scale up Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care in Remote and Rural Areas

This article evaluates an intensive three-month course developed to train non-physician clinicians for remote health centres to address the unmet need for emergency obstetrical care in rural areas.

Effectiveness of Classroom Based Crew Resource Management Training in the Intensive Care Unit: Study Design of a Controlled Trial

This article describes a study protocol which aims to determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Crew Resource Management (CRM) staff training to enhance patient safety in intensive care units. [adapted from abstract]

Feeling Connected: Technology and the Support of Clinical Teachers in Distant Locations

This paper discusses a key finding arising from a qualitative research project which explored the provision of educational support to clinical teachers who were at least 100 kilometres distant from a university medical school. [from abstract]

Changes in Healthcare Workers' Knowledge about Tuberculosis Following a Tuberculosis Training Programme

This article outlines a study designed to measure knowledge changes among healthcare workers who participated in a tuberculosis training programme and to make recommendations about future tuberculosis training for healthcare workers in the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health. [adapted from abstract]

Newborn Care Training of Midwives and Neonatal and Perinatal Mortality Rates in a Developing Country

This study was designed to test the hypothesis that two training programs for midwives in Zambia would reduce incrementally 7-day neonatal mortality rates for low-risk institutional deliveries. [adapted from abstract]

Task Analysis: An Evidence-Based Methodology for Strengthening Education and Training of Nurses and Midwives in Liberia

A task analysis survey of health workers in Liberia was conducted to determine how often recently graduated health workers perform tasks from the basic package of health services, and whether training was received for these tasks either in school or on the job. This paper focuses on nurse and midwife cadres and describe the: implementation of the study in Liberia; key findings and analysis of select clinical tasks; and recommendations for improving and integrating educational programs. [adapted from abstract]

Development and Evaluation of a Web-Based Breast Cancer Cultural Competency Course for Primary Healthcare Providers

This article outlines the project to develop and evaluate a continuing medical education (CME) course aimed at improving healthcare provider knowledge about breast cancer health disparities and the importance of cross-cultural communication in provider-patient interactions about breast cancer screening. [from abstract]

Reduced Perinatal Mortality Following Enhanced Training of Birth Attendants in the Democratic Republic of Congo: A Time-Dependent Effect

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect on perinatal mortality of training birth attendants in a rural area of the Democratic Republic of Congo using two established programs. [from abstract]

Controlled Trial of Mental Ilness Related Stigma Training for Medical Students

This study aimed to examine the impact of mental illness related stigma training on third year medical students’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviour related to people with mental illness. [from abstract]