ERIC Number: ED355381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Assessing HIV Related Training Needs of Health Care Providers.
Mueller, Charles W.; And Others
Needs assessments enable program developers to address the unique characteristics of their target audiences and their environment. They have a number of useful purposes for AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) education and training. They inform program planning and implementation, provide baseline data, increase the potential for participation, offer opportunities for input from other key people, and educate respondents. Many AIDS Education and Training Programs sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health have used questionnaires and interviews with targeted population groups, discussion group formats with advisory boards and community groups, key informant surveys, and postintervention follow-up assessments with participants. Differences in choice of strategy among programs depend on how the evaluators answered these questions: who was asked, what was assessed, how information was gathered, and how the information was used. The changing nature of the AIDS epidemic has been chronicled. The population of provider groups and their training needs have changed and will continue to change. Recommendations to new programs for future assessment of AIDS-related education and training include the following: consider the position of the program and staff in the community, broaden the definition of needs assessment, use more than one source of information and more than one method of data collection, consider both perceived and unspoken needs, and consider the needs of nonparticipants. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association (119th, Atlanta, GA, November 10-14, 1991).