The Impact of a Web-Based Course Concerning Patient Education for Mental Health Care Professionals : Quasi-Experimental Study

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Laine , A , Valimaki , M , Loyttyniemi , E , Pekurinen , V , Marttunen , M & Anttila , M 2019 , ' The Impact of a Web-Based Course Concerning Patient Education for Mental Health Care Professionals : Quasi-Experimental Study ' , Journal of Medical Internet Research , vol. 21 , no. 3 , 11198 . https://doi.org/10.2196/11198

Title: The Impact of a Web-Based Course Concerning Patient Education for Mental Health Care Professionals : Quasi-Experimental Study
Author: Laine, Anna; Valimaki, Maritta; Loyttyniemi, Eliisa; Pekurinen, Virve; Marttunen, Mauri; Anttila, Minna
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Clinicum
Date: 2019-03-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Journal of Medical Internet Research
ISSN: 1438-8871
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/300119
Abstract: Background: Continuing education has an important role in supporting the competence of health care professionals. Although Web-based education is a growing business in various health sectors, few studies have been conducted in psychiatric settings to show its suitability in demanding work environments. Objective: We aimed to describe the impact of a Web-based educational course to increase self-efficacy, self-esteem, and team climate of health care professionals. Possible advantages and disadvantages of the Web-based course are also described. Methods: The study used nonrandomized, pre-post intervention design in 1 psychiatric hospital (3 wards). Health care professionals (n=33) were recruited. Self-efficacy, self-esteem, and team climate were measured at 3 assessment points (baseline, 8 weeks, and 6 months). Possible advantages and disadvantages were gathered with open-ended questions at the end of the course. Results: Our results of this nonrandomized, pre-post intervention study showed that health care professionals (n=33) had higher self-efficacy after the course, and the difference was statistically significant (mean 30.16, SD 3.31 vs mean 31.77, SD 3.35; P=.02). On the other hand, no differences were found in the self-esteem or team climate of the health care professionals before and after the course. Health care professionals found the Web-based course useful in supporting their work and relationships with patients. The tight schedule of the Web-based course and challenges in recruiting patients to use the patient education program with health care professionals were found to be the disadvantages. Conclusions: Web-based education might be a useful tool to improve the self-efficacy of health care professionals even in demanding work environments such as psychiatric hospitals. However, more studies with robust and sufficiently powered data are still needed.
Subject: internet
online education
mental health
continuing education
NURSES SELF-EFFICACY
TEAM CLIMATE
PSYCHIATRIC-WARDS
INFORMATION
TECHNOLOGY
INNOVATION
BARRIERS
BURNOUT
SKILLS
FACILITATORS
3141 Health care science
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
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