Hyperglycemia grand rounds: descriptive findings of outcomes from a continuing education intervention to improve glycemic control and prevent hypoglycemia in the hospital setting.
Hosp Pract (1995). 2015 Dec;43(5):270-6
Authors: Moghissi ES, Inzucchi SE, Mann KV, Byerly B, Ermentrout L, Juchniewicz JJ, Ferareza JH, Kirkwood N
UNLABELLED: Hyperglycemia is common in the hospital in-patient setting and is associated with adverse outcomes. Healthcare professionals (HCPs) often fail to use best practices established to manage this condition or to coordinate care among team members.
OBJECTIVES: The objective of the Hyperglycemia Grand Rounds (HGR) continuing education initiative was to improve knowledge levels in a team setting, leading to improved clinical competence, evidence-based behaviors, and improved patient care.
METHODS: To achieve that goal, a four-module seminar series was presented to HCPs on-site in a "Grand Rounds" format at healthcare institutions across the United States. Outcomes data included satisfaction, learning, impact, and intent-to-implement measures at event time and at follow-up. At the site level, detailed questionnaires assessed skill gaps and expected outcomes from administrators at the time the modules were scheduled and the impact after modules were completed. Demographic information allowed identification of HCPs receiving maximum benefits; data on barriers to implementation are reported.
RESULTS: Seventy-eight percent of participants self-reported a positive impact on competence, performance, or patient outcomes. Forty percent of learners said they intended to make specific changes in practices. Eighty-two percent of administrators confirmed expected changes in their health system. The follow-up study concurred with the initial findings.
CONCLUSION: The HGR was an effective program in improving self-reported competence amongst attendees that could potentially lead to improved care. This descriptive report summarizes outcomes from 1 year of educational efforts to more than 2000 healthcare professionals.
PMID: 26524116 [PubMed - in process]