Cambodian Ophthalmological Society

Result of a Mini Survey on Future Direction Cambodia Ophthalmological Society/Cambodia Ophthalmic Nurse Society

  Analysis COS Future direction.docx

Date: December 6th-7th, 2014

 

1-INTRODUCTION

Cambodia Ophthalmological Society started its first Continuation Medical Education Workshop in 2004 with a support from Non-governmental Organisation who actively work to contribute the elimination of avoidable blindness in Cambodia, collaborating closely with National Program for Eye Health, the Ministry of Health.

This mini survey aims at identification how COS/CONS could possibly organized CME workshop by its own mechanism and resources.

The survey was prepared by Cambodian Ophthalmological Society and The Fred Hollows Foundation. The questionnaires developed targeting at the members of Cambodia Ophthalmological Society/Cambodia Ophthalmic Nurse Society who participating in CME workshop which was conducted at Phnom Penh Hotel from Dec 6th-7th, 2014.

The questionnaires were distributed to all participants to fill up individually. The software of Epidata 3.1 was used to entry data and transfered to SPSS version 16 for analysis.

2-FINDINGS:

Total number of respondents is 96 amongst them 23 are the members of Cambodian Ophthalmological Society, 65 are the members of Cambodian Ophthalmic Nurse Society and 8 are non-members of COS/SONS.

Table 1 shows Percentage of respondents ‘group                                             (N=96)

Type of respondents

Number

Percentage

Cambodian Ophthalmological Society

23

24.0

Cambodian Ophthalmic Nurse Society

65

67.7

Neither member of COS/CONS

8

8.3

Total

96

100.0

When ask if the participants are satisfied with organization of CME, 97 % of respondents stated tha they are satisfied with organization of CME workshop while three of them said they are not.

Table 2 describe Percentage of satisfaction of the organization of CEM Workshop                      (N=96)

Description

Number

Percentage

Number of satisfied with organization of CME workshop

93

96.9

Number of Not satisfied with organization of CME workshop

3

3.1

Total

96

100.0

Of 93 respondents (97%) gave the reasons why they are satisfied with the CME workshop. Up to 71% of them mentioned: the improvement and updated new knowledge (47.9%), share experience (8.3%), benefit to everyone (7.3%), communicate with each other and make a friend (8.3%). However 26.1% comment nothing. See chart below:

Graph 1 shows the percentage of the reasons why they are satisfied

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When asked what the recommendation for improvement of CME workshop is organizing, 28% of them gave no comment. Other 23% mentioned the updated new topic/more training topic for the improvement of CME workshop. 15% recommended that they want to find more new speaker/invite more international speakers to give presentation rather than to improve the organizing workshop itself.

Table 3 shows the recommendation for the CME workshop improvement in percent               N=96

Description

Number

Percentage

Updated new topic/more training topic

22

22.9

Find more new speaker/invite more international speaker

14

14.6

Members to share topic/to select new topic

10

10.4

All to join and each member has to give presentation

6

6.3

Involve all members to participate in CME activity/encourage all members to attend8

8

8.3

Increase number of ophthalmic nurse

5

5.2

Continue work of CONS/continue their work

4

4.2

No comment

27

28.1

Total

96

100.0

As to the agenda for each workshop, 67% of them (N=93) said it is enough agenda; however 18% revealed that it is not enough.

Chart 1 shows the agenda of workshop in percent                                                              N=96

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asked if they have any recommendation for the improvement of topic presentation, 37% gave no recommendation referring to the topic presentation. Meanwhile 28% recommended that the topic presentation should be collected from the interesting or any management cases of one’s experiences.  11% suggested that presenter should improve their time management. However, 9% recommended to plan/prepare topic well in advance; other 9% preferred to engage/invite oversea speakers to give presentation.

Table 4 ranks the recommendation for improvement of topic presentation in percent     N=96

Description

Number

Percentage

Good enough/No comment

36

37.5

To collect interested/management cases and give presentation27

27

28.0

Improve time management

11

11.5

Plan well/prepare topic well in advance

9

9.4

Invite/engage oversea speaker to give presentation

9

9.4

All members must sacrifice time/knowledge to share

4

4.2

 

96

100

For the duration of CME workshop, the majority (79%) of participants agreed that it is suit to them very much. The duration of each workshop was organized 2 days at weekend mostly.

Graph 2:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asked if the participants wanted CME workshop to be continued every year, 97% of them said “Yes”; while other 3% give no comment.

When asked the reasons why they wanted CME Workshop to be continued every year, 40% said that it helps updated advanced knowledge/learning among peer. 19% mentioned that it help them share experiences/discussion with each other. 10% described that it benefit to everyone. However, 18% of respondents gave no comment.

Table 5 describes the usefulness of workshop organized in percent                                    N=96

Description

Number

Percentage

Update advanced knowledge/learning among peer

38

39.6

Share experiences/discussion

18

18.8

Benefit to everyone

10

10.4

Make new friend/communicate with each other

7

7.3

Professional development

5

5.2

No comment

18

18.8

 

96

100

The majority (81%) of respondents commented that they wanted to have CME workshop to be organized twice a year however 15% wanted only once a year. 77% wanted the workshop to be organized in Jun and Dec.

Chart 2 shows the time of CME workshop suggested by respondent N=96

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 6 shows the month that respondents prefer CME workshop be organized (N=96)

Description

Number

Percentage by case

December

74

77.1

June

59

61.5

March

2

2.1

April

2

2.1

Will you attend CME if there is no support for per diem and transportation?

Table 7 describe the trend of attendance of CME Workshop    N=96

Description

Number

Percentage

Yes

39

40.6

No

45

46.9

No comment

12

12.5

 

96

100

When asked if there is no support for per diem and transportation for CME workshop, only 46% of all respondents mentioned that they will attend while 40% said they will not. 12.5% has said nothing.

Table 8 shows the answer of COS regarding participating CME workshop                                                        N=23

Description

Number

Percentage

Will attend CME workshop if no support for per diem and transport

17

73.9

Will not attend CME workshop if no support for per diem and transport

4

17.3

No comment

2

8.6

If look at Cambodia Ophthalmological Society, the majority of them 73% out of 23 respondents said they will attend the CME workshop even though there is no per diem and transportation.

Table 9 shows the answer of CONS regarding participating CME workshop                                                        N=65

Description

Number

Percentage

Will attend CME workshop if no support for per diem and transport

17

26.15

Will not attend CME workshop if no support for per diem and transport

40

61.54

No comment

8

12.31

Total

65

100

Contradicting to the COS, CONS member shows that 61.5% said they will not be able to attend the CME workshop due to they spent high for transportation and accommodation. Only 26% out of 65 respondents said they could attend the workshop without per diem and transportation support. 12% commented nothing.

Table 10 shows the answer of non-member of COS regarding participating CME                                          N=8

Description

Number

Percentage

Will attend CME workshop if no support for per diem and transport

5

62.50

Will not attend CME workshop if no support for per diem and transport

1

12.50

No comment

2

25.00

Total

8

100

At least 12.5% of non-COS members said they will not attend the CME workshop if there is no support for per diem and transportation.

What is your opinion in order to make CME possible without support from outsider/organization?

Table 11 shows different opinion of respondent in percent                                              N=96

Description

Number

Percentage

No comment/think it later

38

39.6

Contribute from the participants

20

20.8

NGO should continue to sponsor/support

10

10.4

Member fee/sell ticket

10

10.4

Request budget from MoH/National budget

6

6.3

Must commit to attend

3

3.1

Volunteer to do fund raising

2

2.1

CME team responsibility

2

2.1

Get support from company

2

2.1

Looking sponsorship through website

1

1.0

Reduce per diem rate

1

1.0

Produce income from activity

1

1.0

 

96

100.0

Regarding opinion in order to make possibly CME workshop organized without support from NGO, 20% of them stated that the contribution form the participants, 10% mentioned the membership fee/selling ticket to enter the workshop as the same as the insisting NGO continue to sponsor/support and the request the budget from MoH/National budget by 6.3%. Up to 39% provided no opinion.

What would be the affordable amount of annual membership fee for COS/CONS member?

Table 12 explains the amount of money that members of COS/CONS could possibly afford to pay for CME workshop

Description

Number

Percentage

USD10

43

44.8

USD20

30

31.3

USD30

6

6.3

USD40

4

4.2

Others

13

13.5

 

96

100.0

Of 96 respondents, 45% of them mentioned that they could possibly afford to contribute $10; $20 is 31% while those whose could pay up to $30 to $40 are 6% and 4% only. However still 13% hesitated to contribute their money for CME workshop.

Table 13 shows the reason of other amount that is able to pay           N=13

Description

Number

Percentage

USD5

2

15.4

Do not want to pay/free for Cambodia staff

2

15.4

No comment

9

69.2

 

13

100.0

Of 13 respondents, 69% still do not tell what the reason behind that they could not pay for the CME workshop while other 15% tell they could contribute $5 and other 15% said they do not want to pay or ask for exemption.

Table 14 shows the amount of money that is able to pay for CME workshop by COS (N=23)

Description

Number

Percentage

USD10

5

21.7

USD20

10

43.5

USD30

5

21.7

USD40

2

8.7

Others

1

4.3

Total

23

99.9

Out of 23 respondents, 43% of Ophthalmologist group could contribute $20 and 21% could pay $30 and $40 only 9%.

Table 15 shows the amount of money that is able to pay for CME workshop by CONS (N=65)

Description

Number

Percentage

USD10

38

58.5

USD20

17

26.2

USD30

0

0.0

USD40

1

1.5

Others

9

13.8

 

65

100

The majority (58.5%) of CONS member could pay up to $10 and 26% could contribute $20 while one person only will spent up to $40. 13% gave comment differently.

Table 16 shows the amount of money that is able to pay for CME workshop by Non COS members (N=8)

Description

Number

Percentage

USD20

3

37.5

USD30

1

12.5

USD40

1

12.5

Others

3

37.5

 

8

100.0

As to the non-member of COS, only 37.5 % said they could contribute $20 and $30-40 there are only 12.5% respectively.

Table 17 shows other detail amount that is able to pay for CME workshop by COS

Description

Number

Percentage

Free for Cambodia staff

1

100

 

Table 18 shows other detail amount that is able to pay for CME workshop by CONS

Description

Number

Percentage

USD5

2

22.2

Do not want to pay

1

11.1

No comment

6

66.7

Total

9

100

 

Table 19 shows other detail amount that is able to pay for CME workshop by Non COS members

Description

Number

Percentage

No comment

3

100

 

3-CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION

Based on the results from this mini survey, it is know that Of 93 respondents (97%) said they are satisfied with the CME workshop. Up to 71% of them mentioned the workshop help the improvement and updated new knowledge (47.9%), share experience (8.3%), benefit to everyone (7.3%), communicate with each other and make a friend (8.3%). However 26.1% comment nothing. Asked if the participants wanted CME workshop to be continued every year, up to 97% of them said “Yes”. When asked the reasons why they wanted CME Workshop to be continued every year, similarly, 40% said that it helps updated advanced knowledge/learning among peer. 19% mentioned that it help them share experiences/discussion with each other. 10% described that it benefit to everyone. However, 18% of respondents gave no comment.

However, when asked if there is no support for per diem and transportation for CME workshop, only 46% of all respondents mentioned that they will attend while 40% said they will not and 12.5% has said nothing. It seems that it is a bit difficult for some of them to contribute their own money even though they understand that it is useful and keep them refresh with new knowledge.

 

In order to become the ownership by all members, the positive step is that COS and CONS are willing to contribute some amount of money for the sake of everyone’s benefit through CME workshop organizing. The COS/CONS should seek fund from various government/non-government agency in additional to requesting the annual budget from the MoH. The cost of venue should be reduce and the number of topic and duration of workshop should reduce accordingly. The strengthening of networking with regional and international speakers is crucial. The important point COS/CONS should strengthen the management team through assigning task for its member to fulfill job accordingly.

The motivation of more active/young members participate fully in organizing/managing EME workshop. NGO should start the exit-strategic plan to hand over the ownership to COS/CONS handle step by step.

 

4-GENERAL COMMENT FROM THE RESPONDENTS

CME is very good program for me

CME is very good program for nurse to strengthen knowledge

CME should be organised at Provincial town.

CME should be organised out of PP.

CME should be organised twice a year.

Collect member fee and looking fund from website

CONS should be strengthened and share knowledge learnt from abroad

Continue CME every year.

COS should collaborate with other agency/ophthalmologist

Good to have attended the workshop

Good workshop

Handout should be distributed to participants                                                         

If a lack of budget the event should be once a year.

If budget available, nurse should send to abroad.

Invite more international speakers

It is very useful program.

Members should be sent a formal invitation.

No comment

No Comment

Not yet get diploma from MoH.

Ophthalmologic/eye doctor take the lead.

Ophthalmologist give presentation for nurse.

Please be continued and give per diem for Phnom Penh people

Please be continued CME

Please help upgrade Basic eye Nurse

Provide transportation for those who come from distance

Send to abroad

Should be continued to improve knowledge.

Should not charge for Cambodia doctor

Thank for invitation

Thanks for workshop I improved my knowledge

To respect time when give presentation

Very important activity

Want community people to be developed.

Workshop should be continued to help improve knowledge

 

5- Annexy1

Questionnaire

Mini Survey on Future Direction COS/CONS

Objective of survey: Identification how COS/CONS could possibly organized CME workshop by its own mechanism and resources

Prepared by: Cambodian Ophthalmological Society and The Fred Hollows Foundation

I am a:

  1. Member of Cambodian Ophthalmological Society ¨
  2. Member of Cambodian Ophthalmic Nurse Society  ¨
  3. Non-member of above Society ¨

 

QUESTIONNAIRES

1. Are you satisfied with CME organization?

Yes why? ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…………

No why?  ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…………

2. What is your recommendation for improvement of CME organising?

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3. What do you think about an agenda?

  1. The number of topic cover?  too much enough not enough
  2. Do you have enough time to discuss/ask question? Yes No

 

 4. What is your recommendation for the improvement on topic presentation?

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 5. What do you think about the duration of CME?

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6. Do you want CME to be continued every year?

Yes why? ………………………………………………………………………………..……………………………………..……

No why? ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

7. How often CME to be organized per year?

Once                          Twice

If so ,What is good time of the year that CME to be organized?

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8. Will you attend CME if there is no support for per diem and transportation?

 Yes                                            No

9. What is your opinion in order to make CME possible without support from outsider/organization?

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10. What would be the affordable amount of annual membership fee for COS/CONS member?

 USD 20              USD 30

 USD 40              Other please specify………………………………………….……………………………

11. Any other comments

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THANKS FOR YOUR TIMES