Healthcare professional preferences in educational strategies against antimicrobial resistance in a developing country

Abstract number: P1111

Castillo J.S., Sánchez R., Buitrago G., Leal A.L., Cortés J.A., Álvarez C.A.

Background: Infection control strategies are based on behaviour understanding and education. Educational strategies tend to fail due to inability to use adequate methodologies or didactic approaches to healthcare workers. Here we try to find out the educational preferences for healthcare workers in Bogotá, Colombia.

Methods: We perform a cross sectional survey in a 50 hospitals network with 11626 hospital healthcare workers. Estimated sample size was collected with a multi-stage sampling strategy. Interviews were done using a format defined by an expert panel. Preferences were scored in a likert scale. An electronic capture application (Teleform™) was used, all descriptive analysis were carried out in Stata 9.0 (licensed version).

Results: 598 healthcare givers were included. All work shifts were represented. Sample had 33.1% physicians, 41.6% nurses and 25.3% other healthcare givers. 65.7% reported only graduate instruction. Inadequate self reported knowledge was 33.8%, no differences between medical and non medical professionals were not found. Educational activities were a need for therapeutic and preventive areas. How to give information to patients was a second motivation for physicians. Workshops were the most preferred educational activity (Figure 1). The main argument to choice an strategy were in decreased order the capacity to improve knowledge, availability, no special technology requirements, finantial support, time and effort demanding activities (Figure 2).

Figure 1. Preferences in educational methodology

Figure 2. Key features for activity selection

Conclusions: No differences were found in preferences for medical and nonmedical target. Self reported preferences are of great relevance to design an educational intervention to contain antimicrobial resistance. Participatory interventions as workshops are the favorite ones.

Session Details

Date: 19/04/2008
Time: 00:00-00:00
Session name: 18th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Location: Barcelona, Spain
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