Better care teams: A stepwise skill reinforcement model

Beth Anne Christopher, Mary Grantner, Lola A. Coke, Marilyn Wideman, Francis Kwakwa

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The Building Healthy Urban Communities initiative presents a path for organizations partnering to improve patient outcomes with continuing education (CE) as a key component. Components of the CE initiative included traditional CE delivery formats with an essential element of adaptability and new methods, with rigorous evaluation over time that included evaluation prior to the course, immediately following the CE session, 6 to 8 weeks after the CE session, and then subsequent monthly “testlets.” Outcome measures were designed to allow for ongoing adaptation of content, reinforcement of key learning objectives, and use of innovative concordant testing and retrieval practice techniques. The results after 1 year of programming suggest the stepwise skill reinforcement model is effective for learning and is an efficient use of financial and human resources. More important, its design is one that could be adopted at low cost by organizations willing to work in close partnership.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-288
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of continuing education in nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education
  • Review and Exam Preparation


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