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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11-16

Evaluation of a health resources management course for Nigerian doctors

1 Department of Community Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State, Nigeria
2 Department of Community Health and Primary Care, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

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A S Oyeyemi
Department of Community Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State
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Aims and objectives : This study aimed to evaluate the March 2010 edition of the regular biannual two-week course on health resources management organised by the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. The main objectives were to assess participants' perception of the course and to measure change in their knowledge brought about by the course. Subjects and Methods : This is a primarily cross-sectional study but with a before and after component. The study population comprised all participants who attended the course. Data were collected using pre-tested structured self- administered questionnaires. Data analysis was done with Epi Info 3.5.1. Student's T-test was used to compare mean scores at pre-test and post-test and the p-value of <0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results : Majority (95.8%) of the participants were senior registrars from teaching hospitals and most of them (70.5%) claimed the course met their needs a great deal/to a large extent. The participants were satisfied to a varying degree with different aspects of the course but overall 50.9% claimed they got value for their money. There was a statistically significant difference in the knowledge score at pre- and post-test (t = 3.19, p = 0.002). Conclusion : The course met the needs of the participants largely and was able to improve their knowledge of health resources management as intended. A behaviour evaluation is recommended in order to assess the usefulness of the course to participants' practice.

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