Focus groups explore Fruitful students’ experiences

About 250 clinicians, mainly doctors and nurses, have enrolled in the Online Tobacco Cessation Training Program adapted to the reality of three hospitals in Latin America through the Fruitful Project:

  1. The Institute of Oncology in Bolivia East
  2. Hospital Cancer Dr. Bernardo del Valle in Guatemala
  3. The National Institute of Respiratory and Environment Diseases (INERAM) in Paraguay

This training project is funded by Global Bridges, which supports international projects that promote training in the treatment and control of tobacco consumption worldwide. Professionals in these three centers have learned how to identify, assess and treat smokers in their daily practice. To evaluate the effectiveness, satisfaction and feasibility of an online tobacco cessation training, several evaluation processes are in place, including qualitative research such as focus groups. The focus group technique seeks to investigate and interpret the behavior and practices of subjects in detail. For the collection of information, it is necessary to gather homogeneous individuals in groups who are interviewed though a semi-structured questionnaire.

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For the Fruitful Project, the focus groups technique seeks to grasp students’ experience in enrolling as well as their opportunities and difficulties in pursuing the online course. It also aims to understand students’ involvement in a corporate project and its impact on their practice. With the results of the focus groups, the research team aims to identify whether students have had difficulties in the access and completion of the course in order to implement improvements.

The Institute of Oncology in Eastern Bolivia and the Hospital Cancer Dr. Bernardo del Valle in Guatemala have completed their focus group assessment. Each center has conducted at least five groups in which the following topics were discussed:

  • Promotion of the course
  • Motivation for the course
  • Use of technology and technical resources
  • Facilities
  • Usefulness of content
  • Overall satisfaction
  • Suggestions

Although there are many other online courses on smoking cessation, most have been developed and evaluated in Anglo-Saxon countries. The Fruitful Project aims to create a valid online course for health professionals in low and middle income countries in Latin America in order to train them to provide effective interventions addressed to their smoking patients.

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