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Knowledge gained following Neonatal Resuscitation Program courses

Knowledge gained following Neonatal Resuscitation Program courses

Family Medicine 28(6): 403-406

This study evaluated the knowledge gained and retained by family practice residents who participated in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) course. Knowledge attainment and its retention was assessed by the administration of pre-, post-, and 6-month follow-up tests using the standard NRP written examination. Twenty-nine residents from the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University completed the pretests and posttests, and 10 of these completed the follow-up tests. The data were analyzed using repeated measures analysis of variance and Student's t tests. The average score was 60.6% (n = 29) for pretest, 90.7% (n = 29) for posttest, and 75.4% (n = 10) for the follow-up test. A significant improvement was shown in posttest examination scores when compared to pretest scores and in the follow-up test scores when compared to pretest scores. No significant difference existed between the posttest and follow-up test scores. However, small sample size may have prevented detection of significant differences. Further, follow-up scores for some subjects had fallen to below the level required to pass the course. The results suggest that participation in an NRP course significantly increased knowledge of neonatal resuscitation by family practice residents, but that knowledge may decrease over time.

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