The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2001 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

THEEFFECT OF AMERICAN RESPIRATORY CARE PROGRAM ON THE KNOWLEDGE OF TURKISH RESPIRATORYCARE PRACTITIONERS

ArzuAri, M.S, CRT, CPFT, Joseph L. Rau, Ph.D, RRT, FAARC, Vijay Deshpande, M.S.,RRT, Alan Biggs, M.A., RRT, Ruben Restrepo, M.D, RRT. Georgia State University,Department of Cardiopulmonary Care Sciences, Atlanta, GA. American Hospital,Respiratory Therapy Department, Istanbul, Turkey

Introduction: There is noprofession of respiratory therapy nor formal training in the field in Turkey.Respiratory care is taught as a part of the curriculum of physical therapy andnursing and performed by physical therapists, nurses and physicians. Much ofrespiratory care is learned by nurses and physical therapists as on-the-jobtraining. Lack of formal education threatens the overall quality of respiratorycare in Turkey. Faculty in the department of Cardiopulmonary Care Sciences atGeorgia State University prepared a four day respiratory care education programat the request of the School of Health Sciences at Koc University in Istanbul,Turkey, to address this lack.

Purpose: The purpose of thisstudy is to investigate the effect of an American based respiratory therapyeducation program on the knowledge of Turkish Respiratory Care Practitioners.

Methods: A total of 37 Turkishrespiratory care practitioners who have either nursing or physical therapy backgroundsand attended this four day program participated in this research. Participantstook pre and post written multiple choice exams on ?Clinical Applications ofRespiratory Care? that included questions on Patient Assessment, Basic Modesof Therapy, Mechanical Ventilation, and Case Management. The same exam was usedas pre and post in order to compare their scores. The mean values of pre-posttest students? scores were compared with a paired student t test. Individualcourse scores from patient assessment, basic modes of therapy, mechanical ventilation,and case management were reviewed.

Results: After their attendanceat the respiratory therapy program, overall mean score of participants significantlyimproved from 26.21±14.2 to 44.48±18.4 (p< 0.001).

Conclusion: Attendance ata formal four-day training program in respiratory care techniques and procedureswas effective in increasing cognitive performance by participants. Given thelack of emphasis and curricular time on this material in the educational programsof physical therapists and nurses in Turkey, such improvement supports the introductionof formal, specialized training in respiratory therapy for selected caregiversin Turkey.

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