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Mixed methods evaluation of an international internet-based continuing medical education course for pediatric HIV providers in Pune, India
Education for Health
Context: Studies of HIV care in Pune, a high-HIV-prevalence city in India, have shown that a significant proportion of practitioners were not adhering to national guidelines due to inadequate awareness and understanding.
Objectives: This study examined the effectiveness of a pilot Internet-based continuing medical education course in increasing knowledge of pediatric HIV diagnosis and treatment among providers in Pune. The study also explored perceived factors limiting the effectiveness of the pilot course.
Methods: The mixed methods evaluation design consisted of quantitative pre- and post-course knowledge assessments, and qualitative focus groups and in-depth interviews conducted on site with healthcare providers with experience treating HIV to explore the barriers to optimal course utilization, the applicability of the course content, and the systemic barriers to the implementation of physician knowledge.
Ramanathan R, Aldis R, Gupta S, Desai M, Bollinger RC, Reed VA. Mixed methods evaluation of an international internet-based continuing medical education course for pediatric HIV providers in Pune, India. Educ Health (Abingdon). 2011 Apr; 24(1) 540.