An Analysis of the Effectiveness of an Educational Intervention: Project Methods

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Project Methods Design A one group pre-test and post-test design was undertaken to analyze the effectiveness of an educational intervention. Setting The program was implemented at the monthly dinner meeting of the area's Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant collaborative group. Sampling Plan All nurse practitioners and physician assistants were eligible to participate in the project who attended the monthly dinner meeting on November 6, 2012. Instruments/Tools/Measures The demographic questions contain categories for age in years, primary practice setting, number of years practicing as an NP or PA, hours spent weekly on direct-patient care, highest education degree/preparation, and whether the workplace setting uses electronic medical records (Appendix D). The pre-survey contain 10 questions categorized to capture the project population's current attitudes and perceptions about medication prescribing and reconciliation (Appendix E). Figure 3 illustrates the relationship of the survey's questions to the various components of the PDSA framework. Excluding the demographic questions, the post-survey contain the same 10 attitudes and perceptions questions to evaluate for change (Appendix F). A 5-point Likert score was used to record responses for PDSA related questions. The expert DNP committee members review the instrument for content validity. Procedures for Implementation / Data Collection The Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
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