We have now delivered training at four hospitals taking part in the point prevalence study and have had the pleasure of meeting many engaged and enthusiastic researchers and clinicians around the country who will be helping us with the study.
The half-day training sessions cover the study protocol, the data collection procedures and documentation, and using REDCap software for data entry. Where feasible the training has involved a practical session allowing data collectors to undertake some trial observations and get a feel for the data entry system. The data collectors have reported finding this helpful to get a better understanding of how the study will work in practice.
At each hospital those participating in the training have asked thoughtful questions, raised interesting issues for discussion and offered useful feedback, helping us to further refine our data collection tools, and improve our training materials and guidance. We are also capturing this learning in a Hints, Tips and Frequently Asked Questions sheet to ensure that each of our sites benefits from others’ experiences and ideas.
We are looking forward to further data collection at these sites, and to visiting more hospitals for training over the coming months.