Learning Objective 1: Identify strategies to engage clinicians in clinical guideline education
Learning Objective 2: Understand the geographical and education resource challenges present in a large publicly funded health service
The Queensland Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Guidelines Program trialled an education package to increase clinician knowledge of clinical guideline content. The package was available as a self directed learning tool or sessions facilitated by a local champion. As a result of positive feedback from pilot site participants and intense interest in the education packages an innovative way of providing education, at minimal cost, was developed.
Video conferencing was identified as a mode of delivery that could reach a large audience simultaneously. The PowerPoint presentation and a multi screen format was used which allowed the participants to see the presentation as well as participants at other sites. The videoconference was facilitated by a Maternity Nurse Educator who electronically distributed pre and post tests and evaluation forms to the site coordinators ahead of the videoconference.
Using adult learning principles, this program brings education to clinicians who do not ordinarily have the opportunity to access specialist professional development opportunities. This is particularly topical in Australia since the introduction of mandatory continuing professional development hours in July 2010.
Preliminary data analysis shows participating clinicians found the program to be well structured, logical, of good quality and providing an appropriate level of interactive learning. Further data will be available following analysis of feedback from future planned sessions.
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