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ERIC Number: EJ1134830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1947-380X
The Impact of Concussion Education on the Knowledge and Perceived Expertise of Novice Health Care Professionals
Hunt, Tamerah N.; Harris, Laura; Way, David
Athletic Training Education Journal, v12 n1 p26-38 Jan-Mar 2017
Context: Concussion legislation mandates that health care providers have experience in concussion management. Unfortunately, standards for current continuing and clinician education are ill defined. Objective: (1) Determine if a didactic-based educational intervention would increase knowledge and perceived expertise and (2) examine the correlations between the variables of knowledge, experience, and perceived expertise. Design: Prospective cohort study, level II. Patients or Other Participants: Novice health care providers were divided into 2 groups: college sophomore athletic training students (n = 16) and college sophomore medical dietetics students (n = 19). Setting: Classroom setting. Intervention(s): Both groups were administered a knowledge questionnaire before the intervention (Time 1) and again 30 weeks later (Time 3). The athletic training student group completed a didactic intervention and completed the questionnaire at the end of the quarter ~15 weeks later (Time 2). Main Outcome Measure(s): The main outcome measure was a 34-item questionnaire designed to examine knowledge, experience, and perceived expertise using true-false items, scenarios, Likert-scaled items, and open-ended questions derived from existing evidence and current literature. The scores from the knowledge, perceived expertise, and experience items served as dependent variables. Results: No statistically significant interaction between groups existed on knowledge scores after the didactic intervention (P = 0.10). Statistically significant interactions existed between group and time for both perceived expertise (F[subscript 1,33] = 86.38, P = 0.001) and experience (F[subscript 1,33] = 14.2, P = 0.001) with the athletic training student group demonstrating significant increases in scores over time. There was a statistically significant correlation between the number of concussions evaluated and perceived expertise (r[superscript 2] = 0.630, P = 0.001). Conclusions: Educators need to implement the best educational techniques to maximize knowledge attainment and perceived expertise. While it appears that clinical experience may supersede didactic education, a combination of both will encourage higher-level thinking and implementation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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