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  1. Evaluating the effectiveness of a pediatric trauma educational program in Central America.

    Article - En anglais

    Objective 

    To evaluate the effectiveness of a pediatric trauma course taught in a developing country.

    Study design 

    A pediatric trauma course was designed with didactic presentations and reinforced with small group case discussions.

    Subjects included a general trauma overview, head trauma, airway/chest trauma, cervical spine trauma, abdominal trauma, shock, burns, and orthopedic injuries.

    Evaluation consisted of a pre-and post-course test and questionnaire assessing the participants'knowledge and level of comfort in managing trauma.

    Nine months after the course, the participants were evaluated with the same post-course test.

    Also a questionnaire was given to physician and nurse co-workers from the participating institutions, who themselves had not participated in the course, to assess the perceptual and attitudinal impact of the pediatric trauma course.

    Setting 

    Guatemala City, Guatemala.

    Participants 

    Forty-three physicians from Central America.

    Results 

    Initial and nine-month post-test scores showed uniform improvement (P value<0.05) when compared to pretest results using the Wilcoxon signed-ranks test.

    Analysis of the pre-and post-course questionnaires indicated that all participants felt more comfortable (scale 1 to 5) after the course managing pediatric trauma patients.

    All participants « strongly agreed 

    » the course provided information that would improve their management of the pediatric trauma victim. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Traumatisme, Education santé, Programme éducatif, Médecin, Efficacité, Enfant, Homme, Pays en développement, Amérique Centrale, Amérique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Trauma, Health education, Educational schedule, Physician, Efficiency, Child, Human, Developing countries, Central America, America

    Logo du centre Notice produite par :
    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0126792

    Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 21/05/1997.