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Prof Dave Woods talks about appropriate technologies for encouraging nurses to self study at Making CSI Matter 2012.

Prof Dave Woods talks about appropriate technologies for encouraging nurses to self study at Making CSI Matter 2012.

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  • 1. The appropriate use of technology to train health care workers Prof Dave Woods Perinatal Education Trust
  • 2. AIMTo assess whether cell phone SMS textmessages are an acceptable means ofproviding cheap, continuing education tolarge numbers of midwives in the publicand private sector in South Africa
  • 3. METHOD• Standard SMS text messages• 2 500 midwives• Weekly for 6 months• Limit to 160 spaces• 26 most important lessons in maternal care• Maternal Care book from PEP as source• Added website for more information
  • 4. TEXT EXAMPLEWomen with repeated or marked glycosuriaduring pregnancy must always beinvestigated for diabetes.For more visit www.sisterlilian.co.za
  • 5. ANALYSIS• Randomly selected 50 participants• 25 in state and 25 in private employment• Independent researcher• Simple questionnaire• 5 questions with 3 options each
  • 6. FINDINGS• Did you learn? – 86% yes; 14% sometimes; 0% no• Did it improve practice? – 72% yes; 24% perhaps; 4% no• Did you share information? – 68% most times; 18% sometimes; 14% no• Would you like more? – 100% yes• Did you contact the website? – 34% yes; 32% no; 34% no access
  • 7. CONCLUSION• Text messaging is an acceptable method of providing continuing education to midwives• Large numbers of participants can be reached• It is cheap and promotes group discussion• It promises to improve learning and care• It offers a way to address the huge challenge of providing affordable, continuing training to all professional health care workers in South Africa