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An investigation on the effectiveness of Distance Education for post basic training of Assistant Medical Practitioners (AMPs) in Sri Lanka

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MTM Jiffry ,

Professor of Physiology, University of Sri Jaywardenapura, LK
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KC Dalpathadu,

Deputy Director General, Health Services, Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine, Colombo, Sri Lanka, LK
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GH Fernando

Professor of Pharmacology, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, LK
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Abstract

The study examines the use of distance teaching methods to provide post-basic training for Assistant Medical Practitioners (AMPs) in Sri Lanka and was based on four learning modules on priority topics in Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics and Gynaecology & Obstetrics which had been prepared in a format suitable for distance learning.

Of the 22 districts in Sri Lanka, three districts were chosen as the study areas. Ten AMPs from each of the three districts were randomly selected for this pilot study. One group was provided with learning modules only, the other two groups were given the learning modules together with clinical training at a teaching hospital (TH) for one group and at a non-teaching hospital (NTH) for the other. This sample population was evaluated by means of a pre-test and a post-test during the study.

The study revealed that (a) the base level of knowledge of the AMPs was lower than expected, (b) the control group which was provided with only the learning modules showed significant improvement, (c) disciplines like Gynaecology & Obstetrics needed some degree of clinical input, highlighting the importance of at least short exposure of clinical teaching in some disciplines, and (d) the teaching hospital group performed better than the non-teaching hospital group emphasising the importance of the infrastructure available in a teaching hospital setting for clinical teaching.

doi: 10.4038/ouslj.v3i0.380

OUSL Journal (2001) Vol.3, (pp.57-74)

Keywords: AMP post basic training 
How to Cite: Jiffry, M., Dalpathadu, K. & Fernando, G., (2001). An investigation on the effectiveness of Distance Education for post basic training of Assistant Medical Practitioners (AMPs) in Sri Lanka. OUSL Journal. 3, pp.57–74. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/ouslj.v3i0.380
Published on 01 Dec 2001.
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