RCT evaluating provider outcomes by suicide prevention training modality: in-person vs. e-learning
The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Article publication date: 14 September 2015
The purpose of this paper is to evaluate provider outcomes in response to two modes of suicide prevention training (e-learning and in-person) and a control group. The Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) was adapted for e-learning delivery to US Veterans Administration mental health providers. Outcomes include: self-evaluated beliefs, ability, and self-efficacy in managing suicidal patients.
This study used a multicenter, randomized, cluster design to test the effectiveness of e-learning vs in-person conditions CAMS for changes in provider outcomes.
Survey scores showed significant improvements for both the e-learning vs control and the in-person vs control between pre-intervention and post-intervention; however, the e-learning and in-person conditions were not significantly different from each other.
Limitations of the study include that there were drop-outs over the study period and the survey questions may not have captured all of the aspects of the CAMS training.
Results suggest that e-learning training modules can provide comparable outcomes to in-person training for suicide prevention.
More providers may have accessible training materials for managing suicidal patients.
Currently practicing providers now can choose between two equivalent training modalities for improving the management of suicidality in their patients.
This study was supported by grant EDU 08-424 funded by the VHA Health Services Research and Development (HSR & D) programme. The funding agency did not participate in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; and preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript. The manuscript represents the views of the authors and not those of the VA or HSR & D. The authors want to acknowledge Stan Sulkowski and his contributions towards the development of the provider survey.
Magruder, K.M., York, J.A., Knapp, R.G., Yeager, D.E., Marshall, E. and DeSantis, M. (2015), "RCT evaluating provider outcomes by suicide prevention training modality: in-person vs. e-learning", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 207-217. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-09-2014-0028
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