Development of an E-learning Platform For EMTs
Joseph Bonney1, Dr Ana I L Namburete2, Sesinam Dagadu3, Nana Seerwah Quao1, Osei-Ampofo Maxwell1, Dominic Awariyah Awariyah4, Sonia Cobbold1
1Emergency Medicine, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ghana
2-, Oxford University, United Kingdom
3CEO, Tiny David, Ghana
4Trauma and Orthopedic, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ghana
Background and Objectives
The continuous development of the knowledge and skill of the EMTs in Ghana is important for the success of the pre-hospital system. Due to distance and time constrains an online e-learning platform for the good way to educate the Emergency Medicine Technicians in Ghana
The study looked at the feasibility of developing distant learning module for the training and continuous medical education for EMTs
EMTs in the Ashanti Region were randomly selected to be part of the study. They received online lectures and notes that were accessible by their mobile phones. They all received a test at the end of each model. The study measured their willingness to participate, average attendance for each model and the scores for each model test. The study also measured the overall feasibility of the distant learning program.
The study developed a training course comprising of 7 modules: trauma and surgical emergencies, obstetric emergencies, paediatric emergencies, disaster management, medical emergencies, basic ultrasound, and medical research. Tests and quizzes were electronically sent to EMTs over the course of the research period, with an average test score of 77.3% (low: 70%, high: 95%) for the cohort. Feedback from participants showed gains in knowledge and skill delivery.
The average attendance for all model was 65.3% ranging from 47.37%-100% for the models. Challenges for attendance included internet access, heavy duties and other personal reasons. Post training interview showed 100% willingness to participate in future online programs with the most common reason stated as low cost, ease of attendance for models.
The study concluded that online distant learning models can be used in Ghana for training and continuous medical education for Emergency Medicine Technicians and it is an easily and cost-effective model compared to face to face model.