“Confronting COVID-19” to be Presented at SBM 2021

AO North America's educational activity was accepted as a Research Spotlight for the Society of Behavioral Medicine's 2021 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

09 February 2021

We are delighted to announce that our Confronting COVID-19 activity, which was held last April, has been accepted as a Research Spotlight at the Society of Behavioral Medicine's (SBM) 2021 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions!  SBM is a multidisciplinary organization focused on providing new perspectives and progress on human behavior, health, and illness.  Innovative continuing medical education activities, such as ours, are regularly showcased at the annual meeting. This year, the meeting will be held virtually, April 12 - April 16, and our presentation will be pre-recorded and available throughout the meeting week.

Our Research Spotlight, which is entitled Confronting COVID-19: Improving Knowledge of Surgical Best Practices Through a Continuing Education Activity, will present the results of our continuing education webinar.  The live webinar was led by two prominent physician scientists, who described the relevant science of the COVID-19 virus and epidemiology, its potential course, and actionable strategies for surgical best practices.

244 clinicians participated in the webinar. Of these, 130 clinicians completed a 12-item, post-activity evaluation assessing learning and behavioral change. Most identified as attending physicians (n = 108) and, on average, had engaged in patient care for 18 years (M = 18.05, SD = 12.28).

To measure perceived instructional delivery, using a 5-point Likert scale ranging from 1 (Strongly Disagree) to 5 (Strongly Agree), clinicians were asked three items addressing activity learning goals. Across items, clinicians Agreed – Strongly Agreed that the: (1) learning goals were clearly stated (M = 4.30; SD = 0.95), (2) faculty taught to the established learning objectives (M = 4.35; SD = 0.81), and (3) stated learning goals were met (M = 4.36; SD = 0.82).

Educational effectiveness was further measured with two metacognitive items and three items addressing intent-to-change. Using the same scale, clinicians were asked to consider if the content coverage: (1) introduced new concepts they did not know and (2) confirmed what they already knew. A paired-sample t-test compared the originality of content coverage, revealing a significantly stronger perception of newly introduced concepts (new: M = 4.08, SD = 0.90; confirmed: M = 3.72, SD = 0.91; t(129) = 3.90, p < .001).

Regarding intent-to-change, clinicians Agreed – Strongly Agreed that they will try to incorporate the skills discussed into their practice (M = 4.34; SD = 0.76). Moreover, clinicians perceived the activity would have a Moderate – Major Effect on the current scope of their practice (M = 4.14; SD = 0.86) and health of their patients (M = 4.13; SD = 0.79). Collectively, the results suggest that the activity positively affected clinicians’ perceived awareness of the latest information on the science and epidemiology of COVID-19 and their intent to incorporate into practice new understandings of best practices for surgeons.

We look forward to sharing these results at SBM’s 2021 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions during our Research Spotlight! 


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