British Leprosy Relief Association
Effectiveness of the orientation training for laboratory technicians in leprosy skin smear and nasal smear techniquesin central leprosy teaching and research institute, India
R. Michaelsamy et al.
Smear Training in Leprosy
aCentral Leprosy Teaching and Research Institute, Tirumani, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu-603001
Correspondence to: Pugazhenthan Thangaraju, Central Health Services, Central Leprosy Teaching and Research Institute, Chengalpattu-603001, Tamilnadu, India (e-mail: email@example.com)
A total number of 155 Laboratory Technicians working for the Government of Tamil Nadu, India having an experience of 3 to 25 years in various Public Health Laboratories of the state were deputed to undergo 2 days’ orientation training programme on skin smear and nasal smear techniquesat the Central Leprosy Teaching and Research Institute, Chengalpattu in 2013–2014. The aim of the orientation training was to focus their attention on quality skin smear and nasal smear techniques reported by Laboratory Technicians working in various public health laboratories of the state. The training was conducted through live hands-on demonstration, practical performance of trainees and module reading. Pre- and post-assessment was carried out for every Laboratory Technician trainee. The effectiveness of this training wasanalysedand showed that there was strong evidence (P = 0.004) that the teaching intervention improves the knowledge of the trainees. On average the level of knowledge improved by approximately 10 points.
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