Validation of the use of short message service (SMS) as a training tool for anaesthetic nurses

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Duma, Sinegugu en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Dyer, Robert A en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Duys, Rowan Alexander en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-02T12:02:40Z
dc.date.available 2015-12-02T12:02:40Z
dc.date.issued 2015 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Duys, R. 2015. Validation of the use of short message service (SMS) as a training tool for anaesthetic nurses. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15510
dc.description.abstract Background: Anaesthetic nurses form a critical part of the team providing peri-operative care to patients, but no accredited training exists for them in South Africa. In this setting, without a formal training programme, short in-service training interventions are a pragmatic attempt at improving nurse performance and patient outcomes. Traditional didactic teaching formats have limitations, and mLearning (the use of mobile telephones to facilitate education) has proven equivalent or superior to traditional teaching methods in several settings. Despite very high levels of mobile phone ownership amongst healthcare workers in Africa, this form of educational delivery has not been tested in the hospital-based nursing population. Methods: A telephonic True/False Pre-Test was performed with 12 nurses of varying levels of training, to assess their pre-existing knowledge of anaesthesia. A pre-learning package was then delivered to them in the form of daily SMS’s for a month covering relevant anaesthesia content. A telephonic post-intervention test was performed to assess if anaesthesia theory knowledge had improved. Results: Median test scores were compared using a Wilcoxon Signed Rank test and were statistically higher in the post-intervention test: 83,3% (IQR 66,7-86,7) vs. 70% (IQR 66,7-71,7) (p=0,018). Conclusions: The results show that knowledge scores of hospital-based anaesthetic nurses can be improved using training by SMS, thus validating the use of the mobile phone as a cheap, widely accessible and effective educational vehicle. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Anaesthesia en_ZA
dc.title Validation of the use of short message service (SMS) as a training tool for anaesthetic nurses en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Anaesthesia en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MMed en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Duys, R. A. (2015). <i>Validation of the use of short message service (SMS) as a training tool for anaesthetic nurses</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,Department of Anaesthesia. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15510 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Duys, Rowan Alexander. <i>"Validation of the use of short message service (SMS) as a training tool for anaesthetic nurses."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,Department of Anaesthesia, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15510 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Duys RA. Validation of the use of short message service (SMS) as a training tool for anaesthetic nurses. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,Department of Anaesthesia, 2015 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15510 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Duys, Rowan Alexander AB - Background: Anaesthetic nurses form a critical part of the team providing peri-operative care to patients, but no accredited training exists for them in South Africa. In this setting, without a formal training programme, short in-service training interventions are a pragmatic attempt at improving nurse performance and patient outcomes. Traditional didactic teaching formats have limitations, and mLearning (the use of mobile telephones to facilitate education) has proven equivalent or superior to traditional teaching methods in several settings. Despite very high levels of mobile phone ownership amongst healthcare workers in Africa, this form of educational delivery has not been tested in the hospital-based nursing population. Methods: A telephonic True/False Pre-Test was performed with 12 nurses of varying levels of training, to assess their pre-existing knowledge of anaesthesia. A pre-learning package was then delivered to them in the form of daily SMS’s for a month covering relevant anaesthesia content. A telephonic post-intervention test was performed to assess if anaesthesia theory knowledge had improved. Results: Median test scores were compared using a Wilcoxon Signed Rank test and were statistically higher in the post-intervention test: 83,3% (IQR 66,7-86,7) vs. 70% (IQR 66,7-71,7) (p=0,018). Conclusions: The results show that knowledge scores of hospital-based anaesthetic nurses can be improved using training by SMS, thus validating the use of the mobile phone as a cheap, widely accessible and effective educational vehicle. DA - 2015 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - Validation of the use of short message service (SMS) as a training tool for anaesthetic nurses TI - Validation of the use of short message service (SMS) as a training tool for anaesthetic nurses UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15510 ER - en_ZA


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