Modelling the development of an online learning resource by health care professionals

Noble-Jones, Rhian Wyn (2016) Modelling the development of an online learning resource by health care professionals. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to model the process of development for an Online Learning Resource (OLR) by Health Care Professionals (HCPs) to meet lymphoedema-related educational needs, within an asset-based management context. Previous research has shown that HCPs have unmet educational needs in relation to lymphoedema but details on their specific nature or context were lacking. Against this background, the study was conducted in two distinct but complementary phases.
In Phase 1, a national survey was conducted of HCPs predominantly in community, oncology and palliative care services, followed by focus group discussions with a sample of respondents. In Phase 2, lymphoedema specialists (LSs) used an action research approach to design and implement an OLR to meet the needs identified in Phase 1. Study findings were analysed using descriptive statistics (Phase 1), and framework, thematic and dialectic analysis to explore their potential to inform future service development and education theory.
Unmet educational need was found to be specific to health care setting and professional group. These resulted in HCPs feeling poorly-equipped to diagnose and manage lymphoedema. Of concern, when identified, lymphoedema was sometimes buried for fear of overwhelming stretched services. An OLR was identified as a means of addressing the unmet educational needs. This was successfully developed and implemented with minimal additional resources. The process model created has the potential to inform contemporary leadership theory in asset-based management contexts.
This doctoral research makes a timely contribution to leadership theory since the resource constraints underpinning much of the contribution has salience to current public services. The process model created has the potential to inform contemporary leadership theory in asset-based management contexts. Further study of a leadership style which incorporates cognisance of Cognitive Load Theory and Self-Determination Theory is suggested. In addition, the detailed reporting of process and how this facilitated learning for participants contributes to workplace education theory

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Asset-Based Management, Online Learning Resource development, Community of Practice, Health Care Professionals, lymphoedema, leadership, collaboration, education needs, learning theory,
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Nursing and Health Care
Supervisor's Name: Jamieson, Dr. Susan and Fitzpatrick, Dr. Bridie
Date of Award: 2016
Depositing User: Dr Rhian Wyn Noble-Jones
Unique ID: glathesis:2016-7389
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2016 11:20
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2016 10:45
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/7389
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