[Five-year experience with Train-the-Trainer courses for general practice trainers - a qualitative and quantitative analysis]

Z Evid Fortbild Qual Gesundhwes. 2016 Nov:117:65-70. doi: 10.1016/j.zefq.2016.10.001. Epub 2016 Oct 31.
[Article in German]


Background: A Train-The-Trainer course (TTT course) for general practice trainers was developed as part of the program Verbundweiterbildungplus Baden-Württemberg. The course included aspects of training such as organizational and legal knowledge as well as didactic skills for trainers in 9.5 teaching units (45minutes each). The present article analyzes the evaluation of the course and considers possible future developments for TTT courses in Germany.

Methods: An evaluation tool was used covering aspects such as information, relevance for daily work, opportunities for participant engagement in the seminars and working environment as well as didactic competencies among teachers. Within five years, 256 trainers participated in a TTT course and received an evaluation sheet. Data were analyzed descriptively.

Results: 249 evaluation sheets were included (response rate 97 %). Overall, the participants were (very) satisfied with the course in general, its organization, the exchange with colleagues and the teaching units. The participants used the free text mode to give positive feedback; in particular, teaching units in organizational and legal regulations as well as practical feedback training to strengthen professionalism were evaluated positively. Suggestions for improvements included follow-up courses or a deepening of understanding of course contents.

Conclusion: The participants gave a very positive overall rating and claimed to have benefited from the course contents. Future projects should address further qualifications of general practice trainers and facilitate the exchange with colleagues on an ongoing basis.

Keywords: Allgemeinmedizin; Train-the-Trainer-Kurs; Weiterbildung; Weiterbildungsbefugte; competency based education; family medicine; general medicine; kompetenzbasierte Weiterbildung; postgraduate training; train-the-trainer course; trainer.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Family Practice
  • General Practice*
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Teaching*