STATUS OF THE BLENDED LEARNING PILOT STUDY
Research instituitions: University of Cape Town & University of Stellenbosch
Research sites: Groote Schuur Hospital (Located at the Clinical Research Center):-Lithium in HAND study team;Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation;
UCT Lung Institute;
Site B Khayelitsha (Clinical Infectious Diseases Research Initiative, Pred-ART study team);
Worcester (South African TB Vaccine Initiative);
Tygerberg Hospital (Desmond Tutu TB Centre)
Study start date: April 2014 (UCT), October 2014 (US)
Study completion date: April 2015
Study population: A mixture of administrative assistants, community research workers, lab staff, research nurses and study coordinators
Estimated enrollment: 50, Enrolled: 44, an additional 2 participants to join from Stellenbosch shortly. The challenges have been finding time to meet with individuals due to time constraints of study staff, as well as managing the need to be flexible as not "one size fits all"
NATIONAL SKILLS SHARING WORKSHOP
On the 19 September2014 our local South African Faculty supported by Global Health Trials, hosted our National Skills Sharing workshop for detailed information about the workshop and to access the presentations, please follow the link supplied below.
Below is commentary from the general discussion that we had around informed consent on November 28,
Informed consent general
There sometimes is a lack of understanding by participants about care versus research. Potential participants must be given time to take in the study information; those who invest time and return generally understand more and can be more adherent. The version of the signed consent may not necessarily be the home language of a participant but nevertheless is his/her choice. This may be challenged by foreign research groups who do not understand the situation. The group was highly critical of certified translations that do not reflect the local dialect (despite the nice certificate which ticks the GCP box!). Staff should not be afraid to raise issues if the translated version is not 'working'. An interesting recent situation was that potential participants in a certain community refused to sign their name. There was no consensus about whether to exclude them, use a pseudonym or otherwise.
January 2015 - Week 1
5 participants attended this weeks elearning sessions
4 at the BIRTH lab session and 1 completed the course independantly
GHTSA managed to sneak in a photograph or two whilst our participants were busy completing their online courses!
We had 5 people attend the discussion session on Friday 09th January 2015. Please follow the link for our commentary.
January 2015 - Week 2
The members of the PreART team took an hour out of their day on Tuesday, 13th January 2015 to complete the "Introduction to Informed Consent" eLearning course.
Face to Face sessions happen during lunch hour in the UCT - CRC Hub, a member of the Li-IN HAND team, happily learning
January 2015 - Week 3
3 participants attended this weeks elearning sessions
2 at the BIRTH lab session and 1 independently
4 people attended a F2F session, one of them took a couple of minutes to update himself on the latest GHTSA News.
We had 6 people attend the discussion session on Friday 23rd January 2015. Please follow the link for our commentary.
February 2015 - Week 6
4 participants attended this weeks elearning sessions
3 at the BIRTH lab session and 1 independently
9 people attended the discussion session on Friday, please follow the link for a copy of the presentation and an example of a DSMB/IDMC charter
February 2015 - Week 8
6 participants attended this weeks eLearning and breakout sessions
0 at the BIRTH lab Monday session, 2 independently
4 at the BIRTH lab breakout session (Tuesday Morning - on web conferencing tools)
The discussion was moved to Friday, 27th February - as one of our experts was not available on the 20th. 9 people attended the dicussion session on the 27th February 2015.
Please follow the link below to visit the commentary from our experts on the "Introduction to Data Management course" :-
March 2015 - Week 10
1 participant attended this weeks eLearning session
0 at the BIRTH lab Moday session, 1 face2face.
7 people attended the discussion session on adverse events.
On the 3rd of March 2015 as a part of our blended learning program - Miss Lavinia Petersen and Sr Daphne van Ster visited the South African TB Vaccine Initiative site in Worcester.
Sr Daphne van Ster & Miss Lavinia Petersen
Please follow the link below for an detailed report on the job shadow experience.
March 2015 - Week 14
0 participant attended this weeks eLearning session
0 at the BIRTH lab Moday session, 1 independantly.
5 people attended the discussion session on "How to Conduct a GCP Inspection". Please feel free to follow the link below for our commentary.