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Structured Curriculum to Improve Pediatric Resident Confidence and Skills in Providing Parenting Advice

Alexandria Caldwell, DO; Humaira Qasimyar, MD; Lisa Shumate, MD; Michael P. Anderson, PhD; Amanda Cherry, PhD; Cheryl Bryant, MD; and Ami Bax, MD
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Received: February 18, 2019

Accepted: March 18, 2019

Published: November 1, 2019

J Osteopath Med; 119(11): 748-755

Context: Residents receive little parenting education despite its potential to improve parenting behavior and decrease child maltreatment despite the inclusion of parenting content on board certification examinations. Teaching residents how to discuss parenting and foster positive parent-child relationships is essential to treating the whole person in osteopathic pediatric medicine.

Objectives: To improve pediatric and internal medicine–pediatric residents’ knowledge, confidence, and skills in providing parenting advice.

Methods: Four toddler parenting and discipline modules were developed. During continuity clinic, residents viewed and discussed modules with faculty. Residents completed a confidence and knowledge questionnaire before and after the curriculum, provided a self-report of use of skills learned, and completed a feasibility survey. Faculty also completed a feasibility survey.

Results: Forty-one of 61 residents (67%) participated in the study. Before participation, the median (interquartile range [IQR]) resident score for confidence in giving advice was 6.0 (4.0-7.0) (on a 10-point scale), increasing to 7.0 (6.0-8.0) for those completing 1 to 3 modules and 8.0 (8.0-9.0) for those completing 4 modules. Median (IQR) score on board-style questions was 8.0 (7.0-9.0) (on a 12-point scale) before participating in the modules and 8.5 (7.5-9.5) for those completing 1 to 3 modules and 9.0 (7.0-9.0) for those completing 4 modules after participation; the increase was not statistically significant. Nine faculty and 29 residents completed the modules and responded to the exit survey regarding feasibility and acceptability of the curriculum. On a 4-point scale (4 being excellent), sessions had an overall mean (SD) rating of 3.7 (0.5) by faculty and 3.5 (0.5) by residents. Most residents (27 [93.1%]) reported interest in more modules, and 28 residents (96.6%) reported using information learned from the modules during clinic visits.

Conclusions: Confidence delivering parenting advice increased among residents who completed the curriculum modules. Faculty and residents reported high feasibility ratings, and residents endorsed application of skills during clinic visits and interest in more modules.

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