Evaluating the long-term impact of the Trauma Team Training course in Guyana: an explanatory mixed-methods approach

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We evaluated the retention of trauma knowledge and skills after an interprofessional Trauma Team Training (TTT) course in Guyana and explored the course impact on participants.


A mixed-methods design evaluated knowledge using a multiple-choice quiz test, skills and trauma moulage simulation with checklists, and course impact with qualitative interviews. Participants were evaluated at 3 time points; before, after, and 4 months after TTT.


Forty-seven course participants included 20 physicians, 17 nurses, and 10 paramedical providers. All participants had improved multiple-choice quiz test scores after the course and retained knowledge after 4 months, with nonphysicians showing the most improved scores. Trauma skill and moulage scores declined slightly after 4 months, with the greatest decline observed in complex skills. Qualitatively, course participants self-reported impact of the TTT course included improved empowerment, knowledge, teamwork, and patient care.


Interprofessional team-based training led to the retention of trauma knowledge and skills as well as the empowerment of nonphysicians. The decline in performance of some trauma skills indicates the need for a regular trauma update course.

Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

PubMed URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23246285

Pemberton, Julia
Rambaran, Madan
Cameron, Brian H
Journal Citation: 
American Journal of Surgery. 2013; 205(2):119-24.