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Prehosp Emerg Care. 2008 Oct-Dec;12(4):498-502. doi: 10.1080/10903120802096753.

Is online pediatric continuing education effective in a rural state?

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Department of Emergency Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001, USA. lwarren@salud.unm.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This prospective study was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of online pediatric education for prehospital emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

METHODS:

Online emergency medical services (EMS) continuing education modules, on various pediatric emergency topics, were developed for dissemination statewide. Pre- and posttest scores were compared by EMT level of training, rural versus urban location, and individual module performance.

RESULTS:

A total of 539 participants completed both the pre- and posttests. Of these, more than one-third (38.0%) reported Bernalillo County, the only urban county in the state, as the county in which they worked. Pretest scores ranged from 0 to 15 (mean = 8.5; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 8.2, 8.7), with a median of 8.0 and a mode of 8.0. Posttest scores were higher, ranging from 4 to 15 (mean = 11.6; 95% CI = 11.4, 11.7). For the posttest, the median score was 12.0 and the mode was 13.0. Urban and rural EMTs improved in posttests comparably. EMT-Basic participants' scores improved (mean change in score = 3.4, 95% CI = 3.1, 3.7) more than those of EMT-Intermediates (mean = 2.9, 95% CI = 2.5, 3.2) or EMT-Paramedics (mean = 2.7, 95% CI = 2.2, 3.3).

CONCLUSIONS:

1) The New Mexico EMS for Children (EMSC) online pediatric continuing education program increased EMTs' cognitive knowledge; 2) rural EMTs accessed the training more than urban EMTs; and 3) although pre- and posttest results varied by EMT licensure level, improvements in scores also varied such that posttest scores were more similar than pretest scores.

PMID:
18924015
DOI:
10.1080/10903120802096753
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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