Leveraging existing virtual platform for training medical officers on Non-Communicable Diseases; an experience from Bihar, India

Authors

  • Akanksha Gautam
  • Pallavi Sinha
  • Saurabh Bhargava
  • Nagendra Gavvala
  • Sudharsanam Balasubramaniamq
  • Neeraj Agrawal

Abstract

Background: The state of Bihar in India has high prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). A NCDs training program using virtual platform was implemented for medical officers posted at public health facilities from two districts of Bihar.   Aims & Objectives: The aim of this analysis was to evaluate the effectiveness of a pilot NCDs training program in improving the knowledge of Medical officers using virtual platform.   Material & Methods: A secondary analysis of pre-post NCDs training data was undertaken. A structured knowledge assessment tool (KAT) was used to assess the knowledge of participants before and after completion of training. Also, post-training participant’s feedback was collected using a “Likert scale”. Statistical analysis: Median pre-post KAT scores were calculated and compared for statistical significance using “Wilcoxon Signed Rank test”. The proportions of participants satisfied with training were also calculated. Results: The pre-post KAT scores for diabetes, hypertension and CAD were ranked, analysed and found to be statistically significant (p < .001). Overall 94% of the participants were satisfied with the virtual training on NCDs. Conclusion: This study demonstrated that the NCDs training using virtual platform significantly improved the knowledge of medical officers and was found to be highly acceptable by them.

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2016-12-31

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Gautam A, Sinha P, Bhargava S, Gavvala N, Balasubramaniamq S, Agrawal N. Leveraging existing virtual platform for training medical officers on Non-Communicable Diseases; an experience from Bihar, India. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2016 Dec. 31 [cited 2024 May 20];28(4):364-8. Available from: https://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/705

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