Distance-Learning Initiatives Targeting Non-physician Anesthesia Providers in Low-Resource Environments

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Distance-Learning Initiatives Targeting Non-physician Anesthesia Providers in Low-Resource Environments


JournalCurrent Anesthesiology Reports
Article typeJournal research article – Clinical research
Publication date – Jan – 2021
Authors – Shristi Shah, Oliver Ross, Stephen Pickering
KeywordsDistance-learning Blended learning Non-physician anesthetists Low-resource setting Low- and middle-income country
Open access – Yes
SpecialityAnaesthesia, Health policy, Surgical Education
World region Global

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on February 1, 2021 at 8:09 am
Abstract:

Abstract
Purpose of Review
“Distance-learning” encompasses a variety of didactics, from self-directed online learning to focused courses and programs. Despite increasing internet availability, focused distance-learning courses are rarely practiced in low- or middle-income countries, particularly among non-physician anesthetists. This review aims to discuss the availability, significance, and challenges of distance-learning programs for non-physician anesthesia providers in low-resource settings.

Recent Findings
Task shifting and sharing in anesthesia remains essential in low-resource settings to meet the demand of surgical need. Distance-learning may be the ideal option in these settings, as it can be used to train the individual at their workplace even in remote areas. Different models and techniques are described. Success depends on the course design, communication strategies, handling of technical issues, and support mechanisms.

Summary
Distance-learning should be an essential part of training and in-service support for non-physician anesthetists. Global advocates of safe, effective anesthesia services need to support the development and delivery of distance-learning courses.

OSI Number – 20918

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