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Impact of a Focused Online Teaching Module on Airway Intervention: Can an Online Teaching Module Enable Knowledge Acquisition and Increased Confidence in Airway Management?

J Med Educ Curric Dev. 2023 Sep 11;10:23821205231192335. doi: 10.1177/23821205231192335. eCollection 2023 Jan-Dec.


OBJECTIVE: Teaching procedural skills via digital platforms is challenging. There is a paucity of literature on the feasibility of implementing an online asynchronous web-based learning (WBL) module for endotracheal intubation in Emergency Medicine. Learners completed a pre-test questionnaire prior to reviewing the module to assess their current knowledge. After completion of the online module, another assessment on airway management competency was completed. The purpose of our pilot study was to determine the feasibility of implementing an online airway module and investigate knowledge acquisition among learners who completed it. Additionally, we compared the relationship between pre-module confidence and knowledge between various training levels of those who completed the module.

METHODS: The study was IRB exempt. We conducted a quasi-experimental pre- and post-test study, where learners took a multiple-choice question-based test before watching content module, and after completion of modules, they went on to complete post-test questions. All responses were collected using Google survey and the data were collected over a period of 6 months. We performed descriptive statistics for the pre- and post-module. Frequency distribution was used for data summarization and chi-square test was used to assess the difference between variables.

RESULTS: We received 366 responses in the pre-test module and 105 in post-test module. Responses were summarized into 5 broad categories which assessed knowledge about airway technique, anatomical landmarks, formulas for selecting blade size, tube size, depth of tube, and case-based scenarios. All questions showed a higher percentage of correct answers in the post-assessment compared to the pre-assessment.

CONCLUSION: The results demonstrated that this WBL airway module resulted in significant knowledge acquisition, as well as increased confidence when approaching airway management. The study demonstrated that a WBL airway module is a feasible method of asynchronous education for healthcare providers in all levels of training.

PMID:37706174 | PMC:PMC10496465 | DOI:10.1177/23821205231192335

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