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Health Informatics Education for Healthcare Professionals (RHIED)

Murphy, J; Stramer, K; Clamp, S; Grubb, P; Davis, S; Gosland, J; (2002) Health Informatics Education for Healthcare Professionals (RHIED). University of Leeds: Leeds.

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Abstract

A Department of Health funded study (ICT/136) was carried out between June 2000 and March 2002, to review national education, training and development provision in Health Informatics (HI) for doctors, nurses and healthcare managers throughout their careers. The research hypothesis was that HI has not yet been incorporated either into formal education programmes or continuing professional development. Two different types of evidence were collected: i) Survey data from a national sample of educational providers running pre-qualification courses for doctors and nurses, and post-qualification courses for doctors, nurses and health service managers; ii) Case study data derived from three different NHS trusts. The national survey covered the teaching of basic IT skills and generic HI knowledge and competencies. The data collection proforma was derived from Learning to Manage Health Information, the published standard of information proficiency for all healthcare professionals. The majority of the questions were pre-coded. Questionnaires were distributed to named contacts in all UK medical schools and schools of nursing, midwifery and health visiting and to a sample of post-registration and post graduate courses for doctors, nurses and health service managers. Forms were distributed by email, by post and on the project website. In all, 299 courses or programmes were included in the study. The overall response rate was 43%, yielding 128 forms to analyse. The case studies involved semi-structured interviews with senior staff and middle managers in the trusts, a survey of junior staff and an analysis of trust documents relating to local policies and strategies for education and training and IM&T. The results from both the survey and the case studies led us to conclude that the hypothesis has been upheld (despite large variations between schools and across sectors). Few newly qualified clinicians are likely to have the foundations to attain the standards required by the NHS as described in the Competency Profile. The findings from this research suggest that there is a lack of clarity as to the scope and focus of HI and its relevance to clinicians. The report presents a set of recommendations to improve the teaching of health informatics.

Type:Report
Title:Health Informatics Education for Healthcare Professionals (RHIED)
Additional information:Final Report to the Department of Health
Keywords:Education health informatics, Professional development in IM&T, Case studies, Questionnaire, Recommendations
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care > CHIME

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