COVID-19 HEALTH EMERGENCY: CENTRAL ROLE OF THE E-LEARNING COURSE OF THE ISTITUTO SUPERIORE DI SANITÀ FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONAL PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE Alessandra Di Pucchio (a), Donatella Barbina (a), Debora Guerrera (a), Andrea Vittozzi (b), Pietro Carbone (a), Alfonso Mazzaccara (a) (a) Training Service, Italian National Institute of Health, Rome, Italy (b) Technical-Scientific Service Research Coordination and Support, Italian National Institute of Health, Rome, Italy Background. On January 31, 2020, Italy declared a public health emergency concerning the novel Coronavirus Disease named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization. On February 28, 2020, the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) promptly launched the first e-learning course to train healthcare professionals entitled “Health Emergency from the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2: Preparedness and Response”. Objectives. In this research study, we investigate: 1- Methods and technology of the first e-learning course available on the EDUISS platform in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (https://www.eduiss.it); 2- Efficacy of the e-learning course including completion rate and dropouts, numbers and types of enrolled healthcare professionals; 3- Evaluation of knowledge acquired by participants, their level of satisfaction and course’s quality; 4- Effectiveness of technological infrastructure and participants’ skills using EDUISS. Preliminary Results. Between February 28 and April 28 2020, the ISS launched the first distance course to train Italian healthcare professionals in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The course included three training units for a total of 16 hours based on the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) teaching method and was free of charge. During the delivering, the course significantly exceeded the projected participation rate. The number of participants was more than doubled, totaling 215,000 participants. Preliminary data analyses show that about 70% participants successfully completed the course, improved their professional knowledge with high satisfaction for course contents, methodology and technology. Future perspectives. Since 2004, ISS has been delivering distance training for Public Health by EDUISS platform integrating active methodologies such as PBL with e-learning tools provided by Learning Management System Moodle and recently, Totara Learn. During the national emergency, the EDUISS platform promptly played a central role in the education and training of Italian healthcare professionals becoming a fundamental learning tool after March 2020, when no attendance courses could be held. Considering the clinical and management implication of this pandemic, it is also fundamental to conduct a training needs assessment among the Italian healthcare professionals to identify any gaps or areas to further improve e-learning courses and to support the scientific community in particular during health emergencies.
COVID-19 HEALTH EMERGENCY: CENTRAL ROLE OF THE E-LEARNING COURSE OF THE ISTITUTO SUPERIORE DI SANITÀ FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONAL PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE / DI PUCCHIO, Alessandra; Barbina, Donatella; Guerrera, Debora; Vittozzi, Andrea; Carbone, Pietro; Mazzaccara, Alfonso. - ISTISAN Congressi 20/C1:(2020). ((Intervento presentato al convegno XI Seminar- PhD Day. COVID-19: Facing a multi(face)phase pandemic tenutosi a Online.