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Background: The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a single focused teaching session in improving junior doctors' knowledge of intravenous fluid therapy.
Methods: A questionnaire was developed from the current national guidelines on perioperative intravenous fluid therapy, ie, the 2008 British Consensus Guidelines on Intravenous Fluid Therapy for Adult Surgical Patients. The questionnaire was administered to foundation year 1 doctors at baseline. Subsequently a teaching session on intravenous fluid therapy was organized. The participants completed the questionnaire immediately after and again 2-5 weeks after the teaching session. The main outcome measure was the change in mean score after the intervention.
Results: The mean pre-education score was 4.3 (36%). The mean post-education scores immediately and an average of 22 days after the teaching session were 10.3 (85%) and 9.5 (79%), respectively.
Conclusion: A single focused teaching session is a simple and effective way of improving junior doctors' knowledge of intravenous fluid therapy. We recommend that a teaching session on intravenous fluids be integrated into the teaching program for all junior doctors.
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