The Design and Outputs of the Pilot Implementation of the “Enhancing Skills in Screening and Assessment for Physicians and Rehabilitation Practitioners Level 2 Course”, Philippines, 2014

  • Carl Abelardo T. Antonio
  • Kristine Joy L. Tomanan
  • Eleanor C. Castillo
  • Jonathan P. Guevarra
  • Lolita L. Cavinta
  • Mariano S. Hembra
  • Ma. Lourdes Reyes-Sare
  • Clara H. Fuderanan
  • Salvador Benjamin D. Vista
Keywords: Education, Interprofessional relations, Substance-related disorders, Substance abuse treatment centers, Physicians, Nurses, Psychology, Social workers, Philippines


Background and Objectives. The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) is mandated by law to, among others, develop capacities and accredit physicians and rehabilitation practitioners across the country on the assessment and management of drug dependence. This paper describes the design and presents the outputs of an advanced course on screening and assessment of drug dependence developed by DOH in partnership with the College of Public Health of the University of the Philippines Manila, Philippine College of Addiction Medicine, and the Group for Addiction Psychiatry of the Philippines.

Methodology. Review, abstraction and synthesis of data from training-related documents and records for the training activities implemented in 2014.

Results. The Level 2a course is a five-day program that focuses on enhancing the skills of physicians and rehabilitation practitioners on the screening and assessment of drug dependence using team-based and practical learning approaches, and builds on learnings from the basic accreditation course. A total of 36 participants from ten Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers (DATRCs) in nine regions completed the pilot implementation of the course in 2014. In general, the overall participant feedback on the training was mainly favorable based on data from 47% of participants who agreed or strongly agreed to statements on the relevance and attainment of the course aims (mean rating of 1.10±0.31, 1 = Strongly agree, 5 = Strongly disagree), and the appropriateness of its content (1.24±0.43) and design (1.18±0.39). A paired-samples t-test comparing scores for 44% of participants showed that there was a highly statistically significant difference in the pre-test (54%±13%) and post-test scores (69%±10%); t(16)=6.4240, p <0.0001.

Conclusion. Development and design of capability-building initiatives in the field of drug rehabilitation will necessitate alignment with practice standards, grounding in the real-world setting in which professionals work, and orientation towards practical learning.


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