Case management educational intervention with public health nurses : cluster randomized controlled trial

Liu, Wen-I, Edwards, Helen E., & Courtney, Mary D. (2010) Case management educational intervention with public health nurses : cluster randomized controlled trial. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 66(10), pp. 2234-2244.

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This paper is a report of a study conducted to determine the effectiveness of a community case management collaborative education intervention in terms of satisfaction, learning and performance among public health nurses. Background:
Previous evaluation studies of case management continuing professional education often failed to demonstrate effectiveness across a range of outcomes and had methodological weaknesses such as small convenience samples and lack of control groups. Method:
A cluster randomised controlled trial was conducted between September 2005 and February 2006. Ten health centre clusters (5 control, 5 intervention) recruited 163 public health nurses in Taiwan to the trial. After pre-tests for baseline measurements, public health nurses in intervention centres received an educational intervention of four half-day workshops. Post-tests for both groups were conducted after the intervention. Two-way repeated measures analysis of variance was performed to evaluate the effect of the intervention on target outcomes. Results:
A total of 161 participants completed the pre- and post-intervention measurements. This was almost a 99% response rate. Results revealed that 97% of those in the experimental group were satisfied with the programme. There were statistically significant differences between the two groups in knowledge (p = 0.001), confidence in case management skills (p = 0.001), preparedness for case manager role activities (p = 0.001), self-reported frequency in using skills (p = 0.001), and role activities (p = 0.004). Conclusion:
Collaboration between academic and clinical nurses is an effective strategy to prepare nurses for rapidly-changing roles.

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ID Code: 38440
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: case management, community, public health nursing, evaluation research
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05392.x
ISSN: 0309-2402
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 11 Nov 2010 05:10
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:20

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