Can Video Education Improve Knowledge of Medical Professionals on Vaccination Management?
DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2017.0415–0419german translation / full article
Background: Vaccination is an integral part of medical-assistant-training. In addition to the traditional methods of medical-assistant-training there is an ever-increasing use of electronic media. In this pilot study we developed educational videos specifically for medical-assistants (mfa) about the vaccination process. We investigated the acceptance and effect of this educational approach.
Methods: We conducted a randomised control study with mfa working in family doctors‘ offices and solved them into two groups. We made four 10 minute videos for the intervention group with the help of the national guidelines on vaccination. We developed a knowledge test and investigated the effect of the intervention. The test was performed two weeks after the medical-assistants oft the intervention group watched the videos. Information with respect to the patients‘ socio-economic demographic data was acquired.
Results: A total of 39 mfa (mean age 41 years) participated with an average of 12.5 years of work experience. They performed an average of 14.5 vaccinations per week. The videos were rated positively with 3.9/5 points on the likert scale. The study participants preferred short videos. Almost all subjects reported that the videos stimulated discussions with their colleagues and this modality would motivate them to learn more about other medical topics too. The linear mixed model showed a significant (p 0,001) difference between the two groups. The participants who had seen the videos performed on average 8.4 points better out of a maximal 26 possible.
Conclusions: Educational videos are effective for teaching medical-assistants. Our findings suggest that this may be a useful teaching resource in this setting.