Design of a cluster randomized trial assessing integrated infectious diseases training and on-site support for midlevel practitioners in Uganda
Van geertruyden, Jean-Pierre
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
London :Royal society of medicine press
International journal of care pathways / European Pathway Association. - London, 2009, currens
University of Antwerp
Training mid-level practitioners (MLP), usually nurses or clinical officers, to perform tasks conventionally assigned to doctors increases access to care and addresses health worker shortages in resource-constrained countries. In the face of the shortcomings of traditional training approaches, identification of effective training methods that create and maintain highly competent MLP is a priority. A cluster randomized trial with prepost components was conducted between March and December 2010 at 36 subdistrict health centres in Uganda. Eighteen out of the 36 health centres were randomized to the intervention (Arm A) to receive sequenced integrated infectious diseases training for two MLPs followed by integrated infectious diseases on-site support for the health worker teams once a month for nine months and 18 were randomized to receive only sequenced training for two MLPs but no on-site support (Arm B). Outcomes measured included individual MLP knowledge and competence scores from written and observed clinical assessments; health facility performance against indicators of care for malaria, tuberculosis and HIV as determined from patient care records; and mortality among children under five years during the project period measured using survey methods. Trial Registration: Clinical Trials-NIH NCT01190540.