Development and evaluation of the Community Health Assessment Program for Cardiovascular disease and Diabetes (CHAP-CD) : Multimedia Training Module.

Researchers :

Background :

Researchers from Department of Public Health Services in Hamilton, and in McMaster University, Department of Family Medicine, in partnership with the City of Hamilton Emergency Medical Services, are working together to develop and evaluate a community based program focused on the promotion and prevention of chronic conditions, predominately high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease risk in older adults living in subsidized housing.  Presently, it is the paramedics who are unable to perform their usual duties due to injury or physical condition (accommodated) who are delivering the program.  However, we plan to expand this program to allow other allied health professionals and lay persons to administer the risk assessment, deliver health promotion, and refer participants appropriately to available community resources. This pilot project will allow the expantion of the CHAP-EMS project and the development of a multimedia training module for the CHAP-CD, as well as validate it by evaluating whether the training module will improve the knowledge and skills of prospective trainees.

Objective :

This project intends to determine if there is a difference in the knowledge and skills of trainees before and after they review the CHAP-CD multimedia training module.

Methods :

A pre-post interventional research design to evaluate the effectiveness of a multimedia training module developed for volunteer lay persons to deliver a health promotion/disease prevention program focused on high blood pressure, diabetes and risk of falls for older adults living in subsidized housing.  The effectiveness will be determined by an outcome and process evaluation of lay persons who will be evaluated on their knowledge and skills before and after the training modules.

Implications :

This project expands the theme of health promotion and disease prevention by using volunteers; at a low cost service that is potentially replicable due to the module validation. The project holds the potential to link with other paramedic services if they choose to adopt the training module.