228381 HIV/AIDS skills building workshops and provider practices: Individual and system-level outcomes

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Beth-Anne Jacob, LCSW, PhD , Jane Addams College of Social Work, UIniversity of Illinois at Chicago, Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC), Chicago, IL
Philip G. Bashook, EdD , Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine, Univesity of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Nathan Linsk, PhD , Jane Adams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC), Chicago, IL
Marcia Edison, PhD , Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Background: Our AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) developed an outcome evaluation strategy to examine the effects of HIV/AIDS skills building workshops on practitioners' clinical activities and the systems in which the practitioners operate. Methods: We implemented a web-based survey to measure self-reported change as a result of HIV/AIDS workshops from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009. Surveys were sent to 4,938 participants from 387 workshops 4-6 weeks after each workshop. Of those surveyed, 956 respondents provided usable data (21%). Narrative responses described practice changes. Analyses of change were conducted using qualitative methods by multiple raters coding separately then participating in consensus discussion around themes. Changes were categorized as:1) practitioner attitude/knowledge, 2) practitioner practice behavior, 3) planned system change, and 4) implemented system change. Results: Sixty seven percent (67%) of respondents were HIV providers. Of those who identified a professional discipline (771), 38% were Nurses/NPs, 18% were Social Workers/Mental Health Professionals/Substance Abuse Professionals, 17% were Public Health Professionals/Health Educators, 14% were Physicians, 7% were Pharmacists, 5% Dentists/Dental Professionals, and 1% were PAs. Overall, 65% of the sample documented change. For those who indicated change, 46% reported 1 change, 43% reported 2 changes, and 11% reported 3 changes, with a total of 1,062 unique change events described. By professional discipline the highest percentage of changes were: Nurses/NP(37%), MHPs/SWs/SAPs (20%), PubHealth/HealthEd (16%), and Physicians (14%). Conclusions: Findings from this evaluation project provide much needed evidence that HIV/AIDS skills building trainings have a positive impact on practitioners' behaviors and care systems.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the purpose of the outcome evaluation project. 2. Explain the rationale for the methodology. 3. Identify two change themes in the study findings

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present on this topic because I oversee, conduct and coordinate the this evaluation project.
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.