Evaluation of nine pilot obstetric ultrasound education workshops for Australian rural and remote doctors

Glazebrook, R., Manahan, D., and Chater, B. (2004) Evaluation of nine pilot obstetric ultrasound education workshops for Australian rural and remote doctors. Rural and Remote Health, 4.

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Abstract

Introduction: This article describes the evaluation of nine pilot obstetric ultrasound education workshops for Australian rural and remote doctors developed in response to an educational needs assessment that showed a large unmet need in this area.

Method: Data from pre- and post-knowledge tests were analysed in SPSS. Data from the follow-up sonographer assessment visits were analysed in an EXCEL spreadsheet.

Results: In all, 141 doctors attended one of the nine pilot obstetric ultrasound workshops and reported an increase in their confidence in obstetric ultrasound. The overall workshop pre- and post-knowledge test mean improved from a score of 13.9 to 15.5 (p=0.001) and the RANZCOG pre- and post-knowledge test mean improved from 9.56 to 15.12 (p=<0.001). Data from the follow-up competency assessment visits showed doctors were competent in some areas but required further practice in others.

Conclusion: An intensive educational intervention can successfully address the pre-determined needs of rural and remote doctors. However, this intervention should be followed by ongoing practice-based education and assessment.

Item ID: 13940
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Australian; education; evaluation; obstetric ultrasound; rural
ISSN: 1445-6354
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2010 04:22
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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