Simulated Donor Family Encounters at Organ Transplantation Coordinators In-Service Training Course: Process and Impact Evaluation

S. Karabilgin, N. Altuʇ, S. A. Çalişkan, C. A. Bozoklar, H. I. Durak, Nilufer Demiral Yilmaz

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Objective This study introduced the modified version of the Organ Transplantation Coordinator course including simulated donor family encounters (SDFEs) and communication skills. It also evaluated participants' opinions and achievement levels, and how they implemented what they learned in the course in their work settings. Methods The course used the modified Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation model and was evaluated in 3 steps. The participants' views were obtained using the course overall evaluation form and communication skills evaluation form, their success was assessed with the posttest and SDFEs evaluation form, and the effects of what they learned during the course on their work settings were assessed through telephone interviews. At this step, the participants were asked to write letters about the targets they intended to achieve in their work settings. The letters were analyzed with the content analysis method, and a questionnaire consisting of 105 targets was developed. A year later the participants were telephoned and asked to what extent they achieved their targets. Results The participants' satisfaction from the whole course was high (x: 8.65 ± 1.06). In the communication skills evaluation form, the participants stated that they would mainly utilize their communication and empathy skills during donor family encounters. The participants' mean posttest score was high (x: 96.0 ± 3.8). During the SDFEs, 70% of the respondents' performance was considered sufficient. Telephone interviews conducted with the questionnaire revealed that 77.6% of the targets were fulfilled. Conclusions It can be said that the course affected the participants in terms of implementing their knowledge and communication skills related to family encounters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1249-1256
Number of pages8
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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