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ERIC Number: EJ1066042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1947-380X
Athletic Trainers' Knowledge Regarding Airway Adjuncts
Edler, Jessica R.; Eberman, Lindsey E.; Kahanov, Leamor; Roman, Christopher; Mata, Heather Lynne
Athletic Training Education Journal, v10 n2 p164-169 Apr-Jun 2015
Context: Research suggests that knowledge gaps regarding the appropriate use of airway adjuncts exist among various health care practitioners, and that knowledge is especially limited within athletic training. Objective: To determine the relationship between perceived knowledge (PK) and actual knowledge (AK) of airway adjunct use and the difference in PK after AK assessment. Design: Knowledge assessment. Patients or Other Participants: Two thousand athletic trainers received the survey via e-mail; 152 (7.6%) responded. Intervention(s): The AK assessment included 7 items based on the use and implementation of airway adjuncts based on the National Athletic Trainers' Association educational competencies. Perceived knowledge was measured using a wellestablished PK questionnaire, which also included 1 item to rate likelihood to pursue continuing education (CE). Main Outcome Measure(s): Perceived knowledge was compared pre- and posttest. Our demographic variables assessed how often lifesaving skills were used. We used total scores of the AK assessment to measure AK. We employed dependent t tests to determine the pre- and posttest differences in PK and likelihood to pursue CE. We used a correlation analysis to determine the relationship between PK and AK. We calculated separate analyses of variance to determine differences in AK between the frequencies of lifesaving skill use. Results: We identified no significant change (t[subscript 150] = -0.91, P = 0.37, 95% confidence interval = -0.17 to 0.06) in likelihood to pursue CE. Greater PK was weakly associated with greater AK (r = 0.36, P < 0.001). We found a significant difference (F[subscript 1],145 = 4.63, P = 0.03, effect size = 0.031, 1 - ß = 0.57) between the frequency of use of lifesaving skills and AK. Conclusion: We identified a knowledge gap among athletic trainers in the use of airway adjuncts. Although the likelihood to pursue CE score was high, the score did not significantly increase after completing the assessment. Participants who use lifesaving skills more frequently scored higher on the AK assessment, suggesting that the more frequently athletic trainers utilize a skill, the more knowledgeable they are.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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