Comparing hands-on and video training for postpartum hemorrhage management

Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2014 May;93(5):517-20. doi: 10.1111/aogs.12372.


The objective was to compare two teaching methods for postpartum hemorrhage management: interactive hands-on training and non-interactive video training. In a controlled intervention study at a secondary health care center in Kenya, the two training methods, based on the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics curriculum, were evaluated utilizing structured observation of a standardized scenario before and after training. Both intervention groups significantly increased in performance scores after receiving hands-on training: 40% (95% CI 29.5-47.0) and video training: 34.5% (95% CI 25.0-42.0); likewise, pass rates improved significantly. No significant differences in performance score or pass rates were found between the two methods. The findings indicate that postpartum hemorrhage management training by mobile media might be just as effective as conventional hands-on training and a feasible way to overcome the outreach gap in sub-Saharan Africa's rural areas, where peripheral health facilities are generally difficult to reach with conventional training programs.

Keywords: Maternal mortality and morbidity; delivery; developing countries; education; information technology; labor; women's health issues.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Clinical Competence
  • Education, Nursing / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kenya
  • Male
  • Obstetrics / education*
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage / therapy*
  • Rural Health Services*
  • Video Recording
  • Young Adult