Survey-based experiential learning as a means of raising professional awareness: a new educational approach for developing healthcare settings

Background This study outlines key aspects of professional development among health professionals in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). LMICs need support in developing their continuing medical
education, and non-technical skills (NTS) that have been neglected in this respect. Given the nature of NTS, educational methods should be used experientially. This study aims to explore an interactive
an educational approach to increase NTS among health care professionals in an LMIC setting.

Methods. Key NTS concepts were identified and these directed the selection of research-based surveys. A series of workshops was designed in which a survey-based experiential approach was developed. The
educational process followed a pattern of individual reflection, small group discussion and relating the concepts to the local practice in a wider group.

Results. An approach to increase NTS in LMIC settings emerged in iterative development through conducting workshops with health care teams in the Balkans. The topics could be grouped into
individual, team, and organisational dimensions. The approach can be described as survey-based experiential learning involving steps in recurring interaction with participants. The steps include
identifying concepts in individual, team and organization dimensions and contextualising them using experiential learning on the individual and group levels.

Conclusion An overarching approach has been developed that addresses NTS in an LMIC setting. The survey-based experiential learning approach can be beneficial for raising professional awareness and the
development of sustainable healthcare settings in LMICs.