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Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2022;33(6): 631-638.
COVID-19 유행 시기의 한국형 응급환자 분류 교육 방법의 비대면 실시간 온라인 교육의 효과
조병수1 , 조영석1 , 조규종1 , 박정수2 , 강창신2 , 서준석3 , 황보나4, 방아영4
1한림대학교 강동성심병원 응급의학과
2충남대학교병원 응급의학과
3동국대학교 일산병원 응급의학과
4대한응급의학회 KTAS 위원회
The feasibility of synchronous online learning as a tool for KTAS (Korean Triage and Acuity Scale) education in the COVID-19 era
Byungsoo Cho1 , Youngsuk Cho1 , Gyu Chong Cho1 , Jungsoo Park2 , Changshin Kang2 , Jun Seok Seo3 , Bo Na Whang4, A Young Bang4
1Department of Emergency Medicine, Hallym University Kangdong Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
2Department of Emergency Medicine, Chungnam National University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea
3Department of Emergency Medicine, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, Dongguk University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
4Emergency Medicine Research Foundation, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence  Youngsuk Cho ,Tel: 02-2224-2595, Fax: 02-488-0119, Email: faith2love@hanmail.net,
Received: November 11, 2021; Revised: November 19, 2021   Accepted: November 22, 2021.  Published online: December 31, 2022.
Since 2012, the Korean Triage and Acuity Scale (KTAS) has been used to triage patients in an emergency care setting, and the KTAS provider course was started in 2014. However, due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, this course could not be taught to learners face-to-face (FTFL). Therefore, a new KTAS course using synchronous online learning was launched in July 2020. This study investigated whether synchronous online learning (SOL) is as effective as traditional learning (FTFL) for KTAS education.
This was a retrospective study of trainees who participated in the KTAS provider course in Seoul, Korea. The trainees were divided into FTFL and SOL groups. The post-test results of the two training methods were compared, and the association between the type of education and the training results was analyzed.
The mean post-test score of the FTFL and SOL groups were 78.16±12.4 points and 80.71±9.91 points, and the post-test pass rates were 79.2% and 82.1%, respectively. The mean difference (MD) between the two groups indicated the non-inferiority of SOL in the post-test scores (MD, 2.55; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.35 to 3.75) and the pass rate (MD, 2.9%; 95% CI, -1.2 to 0.7). The results of the multivariate analysis revealed that the pass rate was associated with younger age and an emergency department career of over 18 months. However, there was no significant association between the education type and the results.
Through this study, SOL was shown to be as effective as FTFL in KTAS education. Furthermore, SOL may be the best alternative educational method during the COVID-19 pandemic because it has the advantage of resolving spatial restrictions.
Key words: Emergency medicine; Triage; Online learning
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