Impact of interprofessional education on noninvasive ventilation in a tertiary neonatal intensive care unit. Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact and effectiveness of an experiential interprofessional education workshop on noninvasive ventilation (NIV) in the setting of a neonatal intensive care unit. METHODS: In the present cross-sectional study, a full-day workshop, consisting of didactic and hands-on components, was developed to assess knowledge and perceptions, and to disseminate the latest evidence and practical aspects of NIV use. All health care professionals (HCPs) were asked to participate. Pre- and post-participation questionnaires and knowledge tests were used to assess the effectiveness of knowledge transfer, and to seek participants' reflections on the utility of the workshop. RESULTS: Among 214 participants, 206 (96%) and 195 (91%) completed the pre- and post-participation questionnaires, respectively. The majority agreed (14%) or strongly agreed (75%) that NIV education was important for their role. Participants scored their perceived comfort with NIV following the workshop highly (median 5 [interquartile range (IQR) 1]) on a five-point Likert scale and 96% would recommend it to a colleague. Median knowledge scores on NIV, assessed as percent correct responses, increased from 74% (IQR 16) to 86% (IQR 11) (P<0.05). CONCLUSIONS: A focused, context-specific workshop helped improve understanding and comfort among HCPs while reducing misconceptions about NIV. Further research to assess optimal delivery of NIV education and impact on patient outcomes is required.

authors

  • Paterson, Debra
  • Shivananda, Sandesh
  • Helou, Salhab El
  • Fusch, Christoph
  • Mukerji, Amit

publication date

  • 2016