VIRTUAL ASSESSMENT, TRAINING, AND EVALUATION OF CLINICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGISTS AMIDST PEAK COVID-19 PANDEMIC – AN OBSERVATIONAL STUDY

Sibtain Ahmed, Muhammad Abbas Abid, Farhat Jahan, Tomris Ozben

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Abstract

Medical technologists are considered a neglected group when it comes to academic interventions. We developed and implemented an educational intervention and assessment for the technologists based on an online questionnaire as a pre-test consisting of questions related to knowledge (n=5), attitude (n=3), and practices (n=4) of daily internal quality control (QC) monitoring via Google Docs survey tool. This study served multiple purposes. It allowed keeping the technologists engaged during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic while also improving the knowledge, attitude, and practices about the internal quality control using Bio-Rad Unity Real Time (URT) QC software. Subjects were graded based on the scores they received out of 100 (0–60 = poor; 61–79 = good; 80–100 = excellent). Training materials, i.e., a set of 5 videos every week via e-mail, were circulated. A voice-over PowerPoint presentation was also shared for easy comprehension. This activity was repeated after one month. A post-test was administered to assess the improvement. The study results show significant improvement in the technologists’ performance after the intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-563
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Medical Biochemistry
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Unity Real Time
  • clinical chemistry
  • laboratory
  • quality control
  • technologist

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