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J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2012 Apr;17(2):121-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2011.00322.x. Epub 2012 Jan 31.

Educating diabetes camp counselors with a human patient simulator: a pilot study.

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Graduate School of Nursing & Department of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA, USA. Susan.Sullivan-Bolyai@umassmed.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study was to pilot test the feasibility and efficacy of a novel method of teaching camp counselors hypoglycemia management.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

During orientation, counselors were assigned to the experimental (n= 21) or control (n= 15) group and received hypoglycemia education. The experimental group received supplemental education with a human patient simulator (HPS).

RESULTS:

Baseline demographics, knowledge, and self-efficacy were similar between groups. The experimental group had a significantly larger gain in diabetes knowledge than the control group. Within-participant change in self-efficacy did not differ by group. We observed a significant effect modification, with larger treatment-related differences in the small subgroup with no previous diabetes exposure.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

This feasibility study demonstrated the ease of teaching diabetes management to camp counselors using HPS.

PMID:
22463472
PMCID:
PMC3586410
DOI:
10.1111/j.1744-6155.2011.00322.x
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