Topical Area: Nutrition Education and Behavioral Science
Healthcare providers serving hard-to-reach populations have varying levels of education and computer literacy. The objective of this study was to examine the relation between healthcare provider education, computer literacy, and performance of an eLearning course. Subjects took a course to prepare them to safely and effectively distribute vitamin A supplementation and albendazole (deworming) to children.
Subjects comprised 369 healthcare providers in seven low-and-middle income countries who had not previously been trained to distribute vitamin A supplementation and deworming (VAS+D) to children 6-59 months.
Subjects accessed the eLearning course either online or offline, depending on the subject’s internet access. Each subject’s course experience, including responses to interactive exercises and questions, was recorded and stored in a learning management system (LMS) using standard eLearning protocols.
After course completion, an in-person evaluation was conducted, consisting of a demographic questionnaire and an observation of the subject demonstrating how to distribute VAS+D.
For the study, the independent variables were education level and computer literacy. The dependent variable was the number (range: 0-11) of best practices subjects completed when distributing VAS+D. Data were analyzed via univariate (education and computer literacy separately) or multivariate (education and computer literacy together) regression.
64% of participants completed all 11 best practices on their first attempt when distributing VAS+D, and the mean number of best practices completed was 9.78 ± 2.42. Overall 26% of participants had a high school education or below and 27% had little or no computer literacy skills.
No statistically significant relations were found between education or computer literacy and number of best practices completed (p > 0.05).
Vitamin Angels’ eLearning course can successfully transfer the required skills necessary for healthcare providers to deliver VAS+D, regardless of educational background or computer literacy.
Funding Sources :
Funding was provided by Vitamin Angels
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