Preliminary Proposal -ddw's comments are in red text
A Needs Assessment for Diabetes Education
A complete literature review of
education would reveal that the follow are important objectives for
Understandings of basic disease functioning
Adequate information provided about
These are good objectives and just remember to substantiate them in the literature when you actually write this up.
twenty-five parents of newly diagnosed patients, birth to fourteen,
diabetes, will be given a questionnaire pre and post education. Pre
will be during
the initial hospital admission at time of diagnosis. The post will be
month after discharge at their first endocrinologist appointment. If
parents are present, both will be given the questionnaire pre and post.
parents are not available to complete both questionnaires, their
not be used. The questionnaire will consist of questions based on the
This is all fine as an idea - you
will likely refine it, but I like the idea of waiting a month after
discharge for the post-exam questions.
You do need to rethink the questionnaire. It has been my
experience that if you ask people whether or not they feel confident
about something, you are never sure what they think you mean - thus you
can't be sure what their responses mean. More below.
The questionnaire will be multiple choice and each question
four possible answers.
I feel confident I would know what do
I don’t feel confident I would know what to
I have no idea what to do
a) I fully understand
b) I sometimes understand
d) I don’t always understand
e) I have no idea
Are of these better or should I use just a,b,c,d answers to questions.
choose the correct answer to see what they now or how much. Which is
adequate or appropriate? )
That's it exactly - what did they
actually learn from the educational experience. You probably will
design this teaching experience around your three objectives and give
many, many points of information. In doing this, you might
think about emphasizing 4-5 really important things for each objective
(more if you feel there are more). Each of the 4-5 important
points, that you drive home in the educational setting should be in
So you'd have 3 objectives times 5 questions - 15 questions
total. It would be like a multiple choice-true/false test
and you'd be able to see, in the pretest what they already know, and by
subtracting their scores from those on the posttest, you'll be able to
assess how effective your class has been for them.
In evaluation, these data will also show you where to improve the course, change it , to be even more effective.
the parents of twenty-five children have completed the pre and
results will be calculated using a t-test, thus, comparing each area of
program pre and post and will assess the information learned by the
So what else to I need to do?
Background info on questions for questionnaire? Do I need to actually
questionnaire? Proof of my three objectives for education?
Sometime between now and before
you put this proposal to a committee, or use it in your comprehesive
exam, you'd need to develop the questionnaire. It doesn't have to
be perfect, but it does have to have enough relevance to get your
readers/committee to see the value and give you further advice.
And if you are using this idea in
your comprehensive exam, you'd need to have some citations from the
literature to justify the three objectives, and the tests for
effectiveness (the questions in the questionnaire).
Joslin Diabetes Center
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
L, & Henderson, R. (1998). Clinical management of the child and
Hopkins University Press.
Akron Children’s is a recognized
Diabetes Ed program according to the American Diabetes Assoc.
| Sponsoring Organization:
|| Children's Hospital Medical
Center of Akron
| Site/Program Name:
|| Diabetes Self-Management
|| One Perkins
| City, State, Zip:
|| Akron, OH,
| Program ID: