ERIC Number: EJ941195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 0
A Mixed-Methods, Multiprofessional Approach to Needs Assessment for Designing Education
Moore, Heidi K.; McKeithen, Tom M.; Holthusen, Amy E.
Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, v31 n3 p220-221 Sum 2011
Like most hospital units, neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) are multidisciplinary and team-based. As a result, providing optimal nutritional care to premature infants involves using the knowledge and skills of several types of professionals. Using traditional needs assessment methodologies to effectively understand the educational needs regarding nutritional support therapy within NICUs could result in a limited, one-dimensional view. Rather, what is needed is a research strategy that accounts for multiple perspectives and varying roles involved in the feeding of premature infants. The authors developed a methodology that included considering multiple perspectives and used multiple data-gathering techniques to best understand the educational needs regarding nutritional support therapy in NICUs. This methodology provided more targeted educational recommendations and focused on improving outcomes for premature infants.
Descriptors: Premature Infants, Neonates, Health Services, Crisis Management, Nutrition, Needs Assessment, Interdisciplinary Approach, Perspective Taking, Educational Needs, Research Methodology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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