During the month of June 2011, Continuum of Care conducted a survey of healthcare providers who attended the December 10, 2010 training on Issues with Enteral Tubes in People with Developmental Disabilities. The online survey was undertaken six months after the training to evaluate whether the trainees felt that the training had been effective, and whether they felt they had gained information that they were able to use in their professional practice. Survey participants were contacted via the e-mail addresses they had provided at the training, and the survey was administered using the online Survey Monkey utility.
The survey was initiated on June 10, 2011, and the results were collected over a period of about three weeks, ending on June 30, 2011. Of 36 possible respondents, 18 actually responded, for a 50% response rate.
The first five questions were multiple choice, and respondents had the option of choosing from the following responses: Strongly Disagree; Disagree; Neither Agree nor Disagree; Agree; and Strongly Agree. Respondents were asked to use these responses to reply to the following statements:
On the first question – “The majority of the information presented in this training was new to me” – the largest number of respondents, 7, replied that they neither agreed nor disagreed, for a rate of 41.2% of the respondents. Another 6, or 35.3% of respondents, disagreed with the statement.
On the second question – “The training format made it easy to remember the main concepts” – the largest number of respondents, 9, agreed with the statement, for a rate of 52.9% of respondents, and another 4, or 23.5% of respondents, strongly agreed with the statement.
On the third question – “The training was useful/helpful for me professionally” – 10 of the respondents, or 58.8%, agreed with the statement, while another 5 respondents, or 29.4%, strongly agreed with the statement.
On the fourth question – “The concepts in the training were practical and I have incorporated them into my work-related tasks” – 9 respondents, or 56.3%, agreed with the statement, while another 4, or 25%, strongly agreed with the statement.
On the fifth and final multiple choice question – “I am better prepared to handle a variety of situations on the job because of this training” – 13, or 76.5% of respondents, agreed with the statement, while another 3, or 17.6%, strongly agreed with the statement.
The respondents were also asked to provide responses to a couple of brief essay questions:
The responses to these questions are included below.
“I currently do not have any clients who require tube feeding but wanted to refresh my training from nursing school in the event the need arises. It was very helpful.”
“I really enjoyed attending this training as I am new to the DD services and by attending this training; it helped refresh and enhance my knowledge about G-tubes and people that have them”
“Repeat this session annually.”
“The debate on whether nurses could change g-tubes was resolved. Yes, qualified nurses could change and train on g-tubes. Also, the tip on cutting and using a feeding line in sites where the tube has come out and difficult to reinsert has been invaluable in saving g-tube sites. I used within a day or two of the training.”
“I really enjoyed Dr. Fahl's presentation.”
“Day Habilitation Program nurses do not have to deal with all of the replacement of G-Tube challenges. The information is helpful to provide Direct Care Staff training.”
“Do administration work not hands on”
2. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for future training topics (three responses, thirty-three non-responses for this question):
“Seizure (a neurologist-Reeves?), Shunts, Vagal Nerve Stimulator, psychopharmacology”
“Maintaining adequate nutrition, providing sex education for the clients.”
“Nutrition and Preventing Constipation in DD population, Wound care and preventing wounds in the DD population, Another whole day presentation on Aspiration.”