Effectiveness of a training workshop on perceptions and practice of interns in management of acute diarrheal diseases in children


  • T. G. Sindhu Department of Paediatrics, Government Medical College Kozhikode, Kerala, India
  • M. G. Geeta Department of Paediatrics, Government Medical College Kozhikode, Kerala, India
  • P. Geetha Department of Paediatrics, Government Medical College Kozhikode, Kerala, India
  • M. D. Fiji Department of Paediatrics, Government Medical College Kozhikode, Kerala, India




Child, Competencies Diarrhoea management, Interns, Workshop


Background: There is a perceived lack of competency of interns in managing common childhood conditions like acute diarrheal diseases (ADD). In the present system there is no formal training is given to the interns. Additional structured training programs during internship will help to improve their performance. This is of special importance in the context of current shift towards a competency based medical education (CBME). This study was conducted at a government medical College in North Kerala to find out the effect of a workshop on perceptions and practice of interns in management of acute diarrheal diseases in children.

Methods: 15 interns posted in Paediatric department during July 2015 were administered a pre-test to assess their perceptions and practice about managing ADD by using short answer questions (SAQ), questionnaire and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). After the pre-test a training workshop on management of ADD was conducted. The feedbacks were obtained. A post test was conducted 3 days later. The pre and post workshop scores were compared using student t test.

Results: There was an improvement in knowledge, skills and self-perceived level of confidence of the interns in managing ADD in children after the workshop.  

Conclusions: A training workshop will improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of interns in managing a child presenting with acute diarrhoea.


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