The effect of interrupted 5-day training on Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness.
School of Public Health, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.
The conventional 8-day Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness (IMNCI) training package poses several operational constraints, particularly due to its long duration. A 5-day training package was developed and administered in an interrupted mode of 3 days and 2 days duration with a break of 4 days in-between, in a district of Haryana state in northern India. Improvement in the knowledge and skills of 50 primary health care workers following the interrupted 5-day training was compared with that of 35 primary health care workers after the conventional 8-day IMNCI training package. The average score increased significantly (P < 0.05) from 46.3 to 74.6 in 8-day training and from 40.0 to 73.2 in 5-day training. Knowledge score improved for all health conditions, like anaemia, diarrhoea, immunization, malnutrition, malaria, meningitis and possible severe bacterial infection, and for breastfeeding in 8-day as well as in 5-day training. Average skills score for respiratory problems increased from 38 to 57 in 8-day training and from 41 to 91 in 5-day training. Corresponding increases in skill scores for diarrhoea assessment were from 28 to 67 and 48 to 75, and for breastfeeding assessment from 33 to 84 and 42 to 86 in 8-day and 5-day training, respectively. Average counselling skill score also rose from 42 to 89 in 8-day and from 37 to 70 in 5-day training. A direct cost saving of US$813 for a batch of 25 trainees and an indirect cost saving of 3 days per trainee and resource person makes the interrupted 5-day IMNCI training more cost-effective.
PMID: 19181673 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]