177335 Working in a POD: Evaluation of an online training program

Monday, October 27, 2008: 1:15 PM

Elizabeth Ablah, PhD, MPH , Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Wichita, KS
Cheryl Reeves, MS, MLS , Continuing Education, SUNY-Albany, Rensselaer, NY
Kurt Konda , Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Wichita, KS
Leslie Horn, MPH , School of Nursing, Center for Health Policy, Columbia University, New York, NY
Annie Tinius, BA , Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Wichita, KS
Kristine M. Gebbie, DrPH, RN , Joan Grabe Dean (acting), School of Nursing, Hunter College CUNY, New York, NY
Introduction: Distribution of key pharmaceuticals through mass dispensing (Point of Dispensing/ POD) sites represents a vital strategy to combat epidemic infectious disease in the population. Because effective POD operation requires consistent advance training of all participants, training of potential POD workers prior to an event is critical. Web-based courses offer a cost-effective training option.

Methods: Three separate evaluations were utilized in order to assess three aspects of the “Working a POD” module developed by the New York Consortium for Emergency Preparedness Continuing Education: 1) course objectives were evaluated based on subjective self-reports; 2) knowledge and skill acquisition were evaluated via an objective post-test; and 3) knowledge and skill application were measured via a follow-up survey.

Results: Over 90% of participants self-reported their skills as either ‘good' or ‘excellent' in each of four course objectives. Participants averaged scores of 91% on the objective posttest. 64% reported applying material learned in the module in the three months since completing the course, most in planning/ exercise development. Participants also incorporated the material in their own training, and 14% applied the material during real-life events, including influenza vaccination clinics and emergency responses to natural disasters.

Conclusions: A large number of individuals from within the first responder/receiver community could be asked to work in a POD. Web-based training offers an effective way to reach potential POD workers with consistent training content. Assessing actual skill application with a follow-up assessment helps demonstrate the effectiveness of web-based trainings in imparting actual skills and knowledge to participants.

Learning Objectives:
After completing this session, respondents will be able to . . . 1. Describe the costs and benefits of utilizing online training to prepare for POD operations. 2. Develop a strategy to incorporate online training in the development of any future POD operations in their home area or organization. 3. List at least one key reason for using online training for POD operations as a preface to more detailed training specific to their own POD operations.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the PI for the evaluation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.