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Role of technology in improving knowledge and confidence in asthma management in school staff.

Authors
  • Francis, Stephanie1
  • Gray, Melinda1
  • Burns, Christine1
  • Briggs, Nancy2
  • Homaira, Nusrat1, 3
  • Jaffe, Adam1, 3
  • 1 Respiratory Department, Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 2 Stats Central, Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre, UNSW Sydney, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 3 Discipline of Paediatrics, School of Women's and Children's Health, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney, Australia. , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Asthma
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2020
Volume
57
Issue
4
Pages
452–457
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/02770903.2019.1571087
PMID: 30720382
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Objective: To investigate the effectiveness of technology enabled learning in improving asthma first aid knowledge and self-confidence in providing asthma first aid to children in staff within a school setting. Study Design: A prospective randomized parallel study using a pre and post test design was conducted across Metropolitan schools of New South Wales (NSW), Australia. School staff in selected schools were randomly assigned to receive first aid asthma management training via a self-directed multimedia eBook learning resource or standard face-to-face training. Staff completed a 14 item validated Asthma First Aid Knowledge Questionnaire and a 4 item, 10-point Likert-scale asthma management self-confidence questionnaire immediately pre and post training. Results: 148 school staff from 46 schools were recruited with a total of 59 (78%) staff completing the eBook training and 62 (86%) completing face-to-face training. The mean asthma first aid knowledge score and self-confidence score in managing asthma increased significantly (p < 0.0001) in the eBook training group post training. There was no significant difference in the increase in the mean scores post training between the eBook and face-to-face training groups (p = 0.11). Conclusion: Asthma management knowledge and self-confidence increased in school staff following the eBook training. In school settings where human resources for health education are limited, technology enabled learning may be substituted to provide a self-directed approach to asthma first aid management training.

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