Capacity Building of Gynecologists in Cancer Screening Through Hybrid Training Approach

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Training health care professionals (HCPs) is one of the most challenging and key factors for the success of a cancer screening program. In order to make this onerous task possible, a hybrid training model, combining the online knowledge-sharing tool of ECHO (Extension of Community Health Outcomes) and in-person training, was proposed by the National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (NICPR). The main aim of this article is disseminating our experience on the effectiveness of this hybrid model in training health care providers in cancer prevention. A group of gynecologists was trained using a structured curriculum in cervical and breast cancer screening through a 14-week online course, followed by a three-day in-person training (group A). To analyze the effectiveness of this model, a group of gynecologists who were not part of the online course were enrolled for face-to-face training (group B). All the participants were offered pre- and post-training questionnaires and a pictorial quiz. Group A participants had 60% and 40% more knowledge in cervical and breast cancer screening, respectively, compared with group B before the in-person training. Though group B demonstrated a 51% increase in knowledge post-training, group A performed 26% better than group B in the pictorial quiz-demonstrating better knowledge acquisition. This hybrid training model, when employed in capacity building in cancer screening among gynecologists, works very effectively in improving knowledge and skill set in cancer screening. This can be a potent tool for the government for efficient training of HCPs in cancer screening.