Document Type: Original Article

Authors

1 Nutrition Research Center, Department of Clinical Nutrition, School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

2 Gastroenterohepatology Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

3 Shiraz HIV/AIDs Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

4 Professor Alborzi Clinical Microbiology Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

5 Vice Chancellor for Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

Abstract

Background: Providing sustainable training for personnel and promoting their knowledge would have undeniable effects on health services delivered by them and would improve community healthcare systems. We aimed to determine the effect of an assessment method on increasing the knowledge of health center personnel who provided health services compared with common methods.
Methods: In a semi-experimental study, 12 cities and 5 towns in Fars province were entered in our study as the control and case groups, respectively. The subjects were experts and staff with associate degrees from urban and rural health centers, delivery facilities, and pregnancy care providers. 473 and 660 people participated in pre-test and post- test, respectively.
Results: Most of the participants in this study (65%) were long-term contractor employees with associate degrees and 55.8% had received their degree from government universities. The mean±SD scores before and after implementing the program were 32.7±5.2 and 37±4.7, respectively. The highest score was reported to be 39.4±4 in groups with a bachelor's degree.
Conclusion: self-assessment training has a significant effect on the promotion of knowledge among health center personnel compared with common trainingmethods.

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