The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2003 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

FROM TURKISH MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS? PERSPECTIVES: IS THERE A NEED FOR PULMONARY FUNCTION DIAGNOSTICS PROGRAM IN TURKEY

Arzu Ari, MS, CRT, CPFT, Susan Blonshine, BS, RRT, RPFT, FAARC, Alan Biggs, MA, RRT, Carl Mottram, BA, RRT. RPFT, FAARC, Georgia State University, Department of Cardiopulmonary Care Sciences, Atlanta, GA, TechEd, Lansing, MI, American Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey, Mayo Clinic.

Introduction: Currently, a mixture of medical professionals such as physicians, physical therapists, nurses and medical technicians provide pulmonary diagnostic services in Turkey. In recent years, the quality of pulmonary diagnostic services has been questioned. Based on perspectives of Turkish medical professionals, three specific questions were investigated: 1. What are the characteristics of Turkish medical professionals who are responsible for pulmonary diagnostics services? 2. Is there a need for an official pulmonary diagnostics program in Turkey? 3. What type of education program is needed?

Methods: A survey instrument was developed to address the research questions in this study. The survey contained 20 items that attempted to describe participant's perspectives about a pulmonary diagnostics education program in Turkey. At the request of Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey, a two-week pulmonary diagnostics education program was prepared in collaboration with TechEd Consultants, the Mayo Clinic Pulmonary Function Laboratory and Koc University. A total of 59 health care providers from all parts of Turkey were surveyed at the end of this two-week program. To address the research question, frequency tables were generated using SPSS for Windows.

RESULTS: The study participants included 34% physicians, 20% nurses, 34% physical therapists and 12% medical technicians. 51.4% participants were female medical professionals 48.6% were male medical professionals. 94.3% of participants see pulmonary diagnostics services, as a growing profession in Turkey and all participants believe that a pulmonary diagnostic education program is needed in Turkey. While 80% of participants stated that the involvement of American faculty to the program would increase the number of participants, 88.6% of Turkish medical professionals explained that a clinical rotation provided by an American institution would be a key component of a pulmonary diagnostics education program in Turkey. Also, 80% of participants stated that they would like to have a certification program rather than a degree program. Regarding length of the program, 60% of participants indicated that a pulmonary diagnostic program in Turkey should be a two-week education program.

CONCLUSION: Based on the perspectives of Turkish medical professionals, the result of the need analysis shows that there is a need for a pulmonary diagnostics education program in Turkey. The data generated from this study may be used as a guide for establishing such an education program in Turkey.

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