Evaluation of a web-based education program in palliative care
Sammanfattning: Introduction: To enable continuing education in palliative care among health professionals, a web-based education program was launched in a Swedish county. Such an extensive investment needs to be evaluated. Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the usability of a web-based education program about palliative care among employees in both health care and community care. Method: A cross-sectional design was used. An internet based survey had been constructed and sent to 7026 employees who had registered for the study. The answers were analysed with descriptive statistics and binary logistic regression in SPSS. Findings: 1076 persons answered the survey, and 1050 was included. 54 % of the respondents were licensed practical nurses. Only 4 % were physicians. The majority considered the education as user-friendly, having conceptual clarity and being adequate for their work practise. More than 65 % reported having gained new knowledge. Significantly more licensed practical nurses, nurse aides and respondents with other higher education degrees reported this compared to registered nurses. There was no significant difference between physicians and registered nurses. 72 % of the respondents reported having problems carrying out the education during work shifts. Conclusions: An internet based education can be an efficient tool for providing basic knowledge in palliative care. The findings indicate some problems in meeting the competence needs for different professional groups, as the education aims to address all professionals. To overcome the reported lack of time, short films, consultant teams from specialized palliative care meeting with colleagues for case discussions and bedside education could be a feasible approaches to transfer knowledge.
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