Exploring the impact of e-learning modules and webinars on health professionals' understanding of the End of Life Choice Act 2019: a secondary analysis of Manatū Hauora - Ministry of Health workforce survey
Dehkhoda A., Frey R., Carey M., Jing X., Robinson J., Sundram F., Hoeh NR., Bull S., Menkes D., Cheung G.
AIM: To explore the importance of health workforce training, particularly in newly regulated healthcare practices such as assisted dying (AD). This study aims to analyse the socio-demographic factors associated with health professionals' completion of the e-learning module and attendance at the two webinars provided by the New Zealand Ministry of Health - Manatū Hauora (MH) and whether completion of the e-learning module and webinars supported health professionals' understanding of the End of Life Choices Act 2019. METHOD: Secondary analysis of the MH workforce surveys conducted in July 2021. RESULTS: The study findings indicate that health professionals who are older, of Pākehā/European ethnicity and work in hospice settings are more likely to complete the e-learning module, while females are more likely to attend webinars. CONCLUSION: Despite low completion and attendance rates, the study highlights the positive association between training and health professionals' overall understanding of the Act. These results emphasise the need for enhancing training programmes to increase health professionals' knowledge and competence with AD. Furthermore, the research proposes focussing on healthcare practitioners in the early stages of their careers and not directly engaged in offering AD services, as well as Māori and Pasifika health practitioners.