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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 16 (2009), Issue 3, Pages 81-85
Original Article

Workshops to Disseminate the Canadian Thoracic Society Guidelines for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease to Health Care Professionals in Ontario: Impact on Knowledge, Perceived Health Care Practices and Participant Satisfaction

Dilshad Moosa,1 Maria Blouin,2 Kylie Hill,2,3 and Roger Goldstein2,3,4

1The Lung Association, Canada
2Respirology, West Park Healthcare Centre, Canada
3Department of Physical Therapy and Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
4University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Accepted 3 February 2009

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BACKGROUND: The Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) has developed a clinical practice guideline (CPG) regarding the management of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Implementation of this CPG in the primary care setting requires an effective dissemination strategy.

OBJECTIVES: To examine the change in knowledge, participant satisfaction and perceived changes in clinical practice among health care professionals working in the primary care setting following attendance at a workshop to disseminate the CTS CPG for COPD.

METHODS: A 2.5 h workshop was conducted in three community health sites within Ontario. Each workshop comprised a didactic presentation and interactive case study discussions. Before, and one month following the workshop, a structured knowledge assessment questionnaire was administered. A structured satisfaction questionnaire and evaluative form that examined the impact of the workshop on the clinical management of COPD patients were administered immediately and three months following completion of the workshop, respectively.

RESULTS: Sixty-nine participants attended the workshop. The mean score for the structured knowledge assessment questionnaire increased from 8.5±2.7 to 10.6±2.0 following the workshop (P=0.008). Eighty-nine per cent and 96% of participants indicated that they would recommend the workshop to a colleague and had greater confidence in their management of COPD patients, respectively. Following attendance of the workshop, 73%, 69% and 46% described increased patient education, patient monitoring and the use of objective testing in clinical practice, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS: Workshop attendance was associated with high levels of satisfaction and important self-reported changes in clinical practice, which may reflect improved knowledge of the CTS CPG for COPD.