Telementoring of Healthcare Teams in the Care of Miners

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Sood, Akshay, et al. "Telementoring of Healthcare Teams in the Care of Miners." ATS Scholar 02, no. 01 (19 October, 2020): 66-83.


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Background: Given the reemergence of pneumoconiosis in the United States, there is a tremendous need to train rural professionals in its multidisciplinary management. The Miners’ Wellness TeleECHO (Telementoring Extension for Community Health Outcomes) Program in New Mexico, United States, provides longitudinal multidisciplinary telementoring to professionals taking care of miners. The impact of this approach has not been previously evaluated. Objective: To examine the change in self-efficacy of professionals taking care of miners and participating in the TeleECHO Program. Methods: This is a 12-month longitudinal study involving clinical and nonclinical professionals caring for miners. The study outcome was the change in self-efficacy scores, using a customized instrument of 14 measures grouped into three domains: clinical, medicolegal, and soft skills. The primary outcome used a retrospective pre–post design that collects “pretest” data at the postintervention timeframe. Results: Participants reported significant improvements in 10 of 14 items (P < 0.05) and a significant decline in 1 of 14 items (with respect to their ability to interpret pulmonary function test results, P < 0.001) since their start dates in the program. Subjects also reported significant improvement with respect to their scores for all three domains and for the 14-item total score (P ⩽ 0.01). Existing participants and clinical professional groups demonstrated greater improvement in selected items than fresh participants and nonclinical professional groups, respectively. Conclusion: This study is the first in a stepwise approach to determine the benefit of participating in a multidisciplinary telementoring intervention by improving participant self-efficacy in caring for miners with complex mining-related diseases. Our study finding represents a potential solution to a growing access-to-care gap for miners with pneumoconiosis.