Training 1,200 dietitians: An evaluation of a training course for non-specialist dietitians on the management of pancreatic exocrine insufficiency

Mary E. Phillips*, Laura M. McGeeney, Oonagh Griffin, Kathryn Freeman, Sarah Dann, Sinead N. Duggan

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Abstract

Background
Concurrent with its evolution as medical and surgical sub-speciality, pancreatic disease is now recognised as a speciality within dietetics. Recent national guidelines have highlighted the importance of nutritional assessment and intervention in both pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis, but there is a lack of timely and appropriate nutritional support for many patients with pancreatic disease.

Methods
The Nutrition Interest Group of the Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland developed a training course for non-specialist dietitians in 2014. Improvement in knowledge was assessed using questionnaires carried out before and after the training course, and results assessed against pre-agreed targets. Comprehensive evaluation of each aspect of the course was collated.

Results
Over four years, 1,215 dietitians attended the course in 32 different locations throughout the United Kingdom. Eight three percent completed knowledge questionnaires before and after the course. There was a significant improvement in test scores (22.2 ± 5.3 vs. 35.8 ± 4.0, P<0.0001), with 94% of delegates achieving the target score for non-specialists. The course was well evaluated with 98% of all markers graded as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.

Conclusions
Targeted educational initiatives delivered outside of normal working hours are an effective means of training and educating a large number of health care professionals over a large geographical area within a short timeframe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-162
JournalClinical Nutrition Open Science
Volume44
Early online date15 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022
Externally publishedYes

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