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

    Article - En anglais


    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.


    Guatemala City, Guatemala.


    Forty-three physicians from Central America.


    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.