Exploring educational needs of multiple sclerosis care providers: Results of a care-provider survey.
|Title||Exploring educational needs of multiple sclerosis care providers: Results of a care-provider survey.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Authors||Turner AP, Martin C, Williams RM, Goudreau K, Bowen JD, Hatzakis M, Whitham RH, Bourdette DN, Walker L, Haselkorn JK|
|Journal||Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development|
|Date Published||2006 Jan-Feb|
|Clinical Competence, Education, Medical, Continuing, Education, Nursing, Continuing, Female, Health Care Surveys, Health Personnel, Hospitals, Veterans, Humans, Interprofessional Relations, Long-Term Care, Male, Multiple Sclerosis, Needs Assessment, Patient Care Team, Probability, Quality Assurance, Health Care, Risk Factors, United States, United States Department of Veterans Affairs|
Our objective was to survey experienced multiple sclerosis (MS) care providers, determine their ongoing professional educational needs, and develop future education programs. We asked providers across a variety of disciplines to identify the areas in which clinical consultation and continuing medical education (CME) would most improve their ability to provide care to individuals with MS; their preferred education modalities; and their confidence in providing care related to disease-modifying agents (DMAs), fatigue, depression, spasticity, and bladder management. At a national meeting of MS professionals, 152 MS care providers completed a self-report survey that was designed for this cross-sectional cohort study. Areas of greatest interest for clinical consultation and CME were identical and included cognition, fatigue, DMA use, spasticity, pain, sex, diagnosis of MS, and depression. Participants expressed a preference for live and interactive CME modalities. Confidence in providing specific disease-related care sometimes differed between Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and non-VHA providers. The results indicate that clinical consultations and CME should be targeted to the topics of greatest interest identified by providers and delivered in a live or interactive modality whenever possible.