Category: Knowledge Translation

EP251-2 - A Web-Based Educational Series on COPD for Healthcare Professionals in Ontario

Friday, Nov 24
2:50 PM – 3:05 PM

Background: In an effort to follow an evidence-based approach to the development of its training programs, the Lung Association's Provider Education Program (PEP) engaged experts in the field of educational technology, instructional design, and program evaluation. As a result, the ADDIE framework for instructional design was used to develop a web-based program on COPD
Summary of work: The Lung Association partnered with the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centers (OACCAC) and the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) to develop a series of web conferences on COPD. Focus groups were used to assess the learning needs of healthcare professionals. Core topics were identified and incorporated in to the program's development.
Summary of results: A series of five, expert-led educational web conferences were developed to cover the core topics with input from OACCAC, expert faculty, and members of the PEP committee. To promote participation of healthcare providers across the province, the educational series was offered via OTN.

Discussion: The education sessions were extremely well received with a total of 548 participants and an average of 110 participants per session located across Ontario. The sessions were archived on the OTN site and have been accessed by 486 individuals to date.

Conclusions: The focus of the training program was on best practice care and transition management. This is known to be relevant to the reduction and prevention of avoidable Emergency Department visits and hospital re-admissions for patients with COPD. Use of an evidence-based approach to program development was seen to enhance results.

Jennifer MacKinnon

Respiratory Therapist, Certified Respiratory Educator
The Lung Association - Ontario
Toronto, Yukon, Canada

Jennifer is a Respiratory Therapist and Certified Respiratory Educator with a background that includes 20 years working in respiratory home care: managing healthcare teams and implementing programs and services. She is currently working as Curriculum Developer with the Provider Education Program at The Lung Association - Ontario. Jennifer's main interests include education, motivational interviewing, and quality improvement.

Jennifer MacKinnon

Respiratory Therapist, Certified Respiratory Educator
The Lung Association - Ontario
Toronto, Yukon, Canada

Jennifer is a Respiratory Therapist and Certified Respiratory Educator with a background that includes 20 years working in respiratory home care: managing healthcare teams and implementing programs and services. She is currently working as Curriculum Developer with the Provider Education Program at The Lung Association - Ontario. Jennifer's main interests include education, motivational interviewing, and quality improvement.