An interactive e-learning tutorial for medical students on how to conduct the performance-oriented mobility assessment

Jorge G. Ruiz, Michael Smith, Osvaldo Rodriguez, Maria H. van Zuilen, Michael J. Mintzer

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Abstract

We evaluated the effectiveness of an e-learning tutorial (iPOMA) as a supplement to traditional teaching of the Performance-Oriented Mobility Assessment. Second-year medical students (137) completed the iPOMA, in preparation for a session on fall risk assessment consisting of a lecture, practice with elder volunteers and small group debriefing. Before and after the tutorial, students completed online questionnaires, a quiz on POMA scoring immediately after the tutorial and competency assessments on POMA performance 1 month later. Self-efficacy in using the POMA increased and post-tutorial quiz scores were significantly correlated with self-efficacy. Students who completed the tutorial performed significantly better on the verbal instructions portion of the POMA. The iPOMA is an effective instructional modality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-60
Number of pages10
JournalGerontology and Geriatrics Education
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 12 2007

Keywords

  • Falls
  • Gait
  • Geriatric assessment
  • POMA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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