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Impact of healthcare provider education related to safe sleep practices on care delivery: Pilot study
by Mulvanerty, Noreen R., D.N.P., Georgetown University, 2016, 57; 10251871
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to increase the knowledge level and change self-reported behavioral intent among a sample of healthcare providers regarding safe sleep messaging. From 1995 through 2015 in New York City, an average of one infant died every week from unsafe sleeping conditions. One agency in New York City experienced four unsafe sleep infant deaths within two months in 2010. In 2011, the city provided case managers with training on infant safety. Before this training, up to six sleep-related infant deaths were reported annually. The following year, one sleep-related infant death occurred. None occurred during the second year subsequent to the training. Current literature demonstrates healthcare providers have considerable influence on safe sleep messaging. This current study utilized a similar educational training designed for healthcare providers working in an urban health facility.

A single group pre/post-test quasi-experimental design was delivered to 23 participants. The design incorporated an online educational intervention in order to increase healthcare provider’s knowledge level and change their self-reported behavioral intent to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of safe sleep practices. Data were gathered at pre-test and post-test to assess changes.

Final analysis, using a repeated measures general linear model, was carried out on data from the twenty-three participants who returned completed pre- and post-class surveys. There was a statistically significant change in the overall 13-item composite score reflecting knowledge level and change the self-reported behavioral intent from pretest (M=6.13, SD=2.78) to post-test (M=8.78, SD=3.79) at the p <.001 level. These findings support current literature recommendations for healthcare providers to incorporate the safe sleep message into their practice. Nonetheless, supplementary research is needed to conclude whether these results coincide with communities elsewhere and to examine the issues regarding knowledge and behavioral intent regarding safe sleep messaging.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Taylor, Carol
Commitee: Jillson, Irene, Regensburg, Peggy
School: Georgetown University
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: DAI-B 78/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Public Health Education, Nursing, Health education
Keywords: Infant safe sleep, New York City, Nursing education, Public health, SIDS, Sudden unexpected infant death
Publication Number: 10251871
ISBN: 978-1-369-52386-7
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