Research and Outcomes

PhD studentship to implement and evaluate a national Respiratory Education Programme (NREP) in primary care across Wales

PhD studentship to implement and evaluate a national Respiratory Education Programme (NREP) in primary care across Wales.

Mixed qualitative and quantitative evaluation methodologies using various types of questionnaires and assessment tools, such as timed and non-timed MCQ assessments, interactive case studies, monitoring passive and interactive video learning, self-evaluation, interviews and feedback forms. Clinical and service provision outcome data will be collected in conjunction with data from the National primary and secondary care COPD audit, QOF register and Public Health Wales, to name a few.

The primary aims of this research are:

To assess baseline knowledge and perceptions about learning requirements of HCP’s that care for patients with COPD and refer to smoking cessation.
To test the knowledge base and confidence of HCP’s before and after a series of on-line educational interventions.

To assess the number of smoking cessation referrals before and after the educational interventions and compare practice between those that have completed the education and those that have not.

To assess the quality of COPD coding before and after the educational interventions and compare practice between those that have completed the education and those that have not.
To calculate the effect of an educational intervention on clinical and economic outcomes at a practice, Health Board and National level.

Secondary aims of this evaluation are:

To evaluate the rate of uptake of training following a range of marketing activities, student engagement and degree of learner support provided.

To assess the time of day the learning was undertaken, time taken to complete the course, the device(s) used for learning and whether this was during or outside of working hours.

To consider how this intervention can be tailored to support the management of other common diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and dementia. For example.

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