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The effects of various instructional methods on retention of knowledge about pressure ulcers among critical care and medical-surgical nurses.
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PMID:  20704094     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: To determine whether there was a difference in retention of knowledge about pressure ulcers with a traditional lecture versus computer-based instruction.
METHODS: A quasi-experimental, pretest/posttest design was used. Medical-surgical and critical care nurses (N = 60) were randomly assigned to a lecture, to computer-based instruction, or to a control group. Study participants were given the pressure ulcer knowledge test before and immediately after the program and at 3-month and 6-month intervals.
RESULTS: Analysis of variance showed statistically significant differences in pretest and posttest scores [F(2, 57) = 35.784, p = .000] and in posttest to 3-month scores [F(2, 57) = 18.427, p = .000] among the three groups.
CONCLUSION: The most significant loss of pressure ulcer knowledge, regardless of educational method, occurred within the first 3 months. Based on these findings, quarterly education in pressure ulcer prevention is recommended to maintain knowledge. Computer-based instruction is a viable option for acquisition and retention of knowledge about pressure ulcer prevention.
Jill Cox; Sharon Roche; Elizabeth Van Wynen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-08-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of continuing education in nursing     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0022-0124     ISO Abbreviation:  J Contin Educ Nurs     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0262321     Medline TA:  J Contin Educ Nurs     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  71-8     Citation Subset:  N    
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Copyright 2011, SLACK Incorporated.
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