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Assessing the effectiveness of food worker training in Florida: opportunities and challenges.
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PMID:  16312252     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The task of measuring the effectiveness of food worker training has historically met with many challenges. This paper considers various approaches and utilizes trends in foodborne-outbreak contributing factors to evaluate a recent change in Florida's food worker training. Results show that subsequent to training, the relative incidence of many factors that contribute to foodborne outbreaks actuay increased, while the relative incidence of other factors decreased. The overall rate of foodborne outbreaks associated with the contributing factors that the authors studied decreased subsequent to training. Results of this analysis must be interpreted with caution because of multiple confounding factors; however, it became apparent that both increases and decreases in the occurrence of contributing factors could be used to focus future training material on areas of food handler practices in which it is needed. Further work needs to be done to estabish the most useful methods and approaches for assessing effectiveness and hence the public health impact of food worker training.
Roberta M Hammond; Robert G Brooks; Josefa Schlottmann; David Johnson; Rita J Johnson
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of environmental health     Volume:  68     ISSN:  0022-0892     ISO Abbreviation:  J Environ Health     Publication Date:  2005 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-11-29     Completed Date:  2006-01-18     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0405525     Medline TA:  J Environ Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  19-24, 32     Citation Subset:  IM    
Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Community Environmental Health, Tallahassee 32399-1712, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Disease Outbreaks
Florida / epidemiology
Food Services / manpower*
Foodborne Diseases / epidemiology,  prevention & control
Inservice Training / organization & administration,  standards*
Program Evaluation
Safety Management / organization & administration

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