A Continuing Education Seminar for Health Professionals

By Michele Karnes, Theresa Vallone, Janice Tona, Tara Mooney and Alyssa McGee.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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This mixed qualitative and quantitative study measured immediate recall and long-term retention of knowledge about Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) and use of information in practice by health and education professionals. Methods: As per standard continuing education (CE) procedures, participants completed a pre-test (T1; n = 120), an identical immediate post-test (T2; n = 120), and an identical three-week on-line follow-up test (T3; n = 37). Paired samples t-test for T1 to T2 scores and repeated measures ANOVA for T1 to T2 to T3 scores were used for analysis with significance set at .05. For qualitative analysis, the most/least beneficial aspects of the seminar were coded for themes, as were comments regarding application of information to practice. Results: Increase in knowledge from T1 to T2 was statistically significant (p < 0.001) as was T1 to T3 (p < 0.001), though significant decline from T2 to T3 (p < 0.001) was seen. Qualitative themes revealed that participants found information about strategies in working with children with PANS to be most beneficial and found detailed information about immunology to be least beneficial. On follow-up, participants reported they shared information with colleagues and used information when evaluating children. Conclusion: The CE seminar was effective in improving professionals’ immediate awareness and knowledge of PANS. Significant retention occurred after three weeks, but this was significantly lower than immediate post-seminar recall.

Keywords: Health Curriculum, Education

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 7, Issue 1, March 2017, pp.73-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 737.261KB).

Dr. Michele Karnes

Clinical Associate Professor, School of Health Professions, D'Youville College, Buffalo, New York, USA

Dr. Theresa Vallone

Associate Professor; Chairperson and Program Director Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions, D'Youville College, Buffalo, New York, USA

Dr. Janice Tona

Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program Director, Department of Rehabilitation Science, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA

Tara Mooney

Occupational Therapist, New York City Department of Education, New York City, New York, USA

Alyssa McGee

Occupational Therapist, New Hyde Park, NY, USA

Ms. McGee is an occupational therapist at parker Jewish Institute nursing home. At the time of this study she was a graduate student in the rehabilitation science department, occupational therapy program at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.