Author: Yip, Shuk-fun Alice
Title: Is multidisciplinary training beneficial to the core competency development of the Medical Laboratory Technology (MT/MLT) profession
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2007
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations.
Medical technologists -- Training of.
Medical laboratory technology.
Department: Department of Health Technology and Informatics
Pages: viii, 122 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.
Language: English
Abstract: The clinical laboratory is driven by technology. Expansion in existing laboratory services and implementation of new technologies or automation all influence how the laboratory operates and therefore how the staffs are trained. Much has been written about the impact of cross-training especially on the laboratory operation and management. There has not been any published work from the perspectives of frontline staffs. The study reported here offered a new platform for staffs of various ranks to discuss about the strengths and weaknesses of competency development of the profession and their opinions of cross-training. Various means of methods including review of literatures, adoption of questionnaires and conduction of focus group interviews were used to explore and investigate the benefits and drawback of cross-training as well as its impact on staff competency development. Results of this survey indicate that different staff groups have different concerns regarding cross-training. Theoretically, they acknowledged that cross-training had more benefits on the staff development rather than on the laboratory management. However, practically, they did not encourage cross-training for the frontline which was in contrast to what they had in mind. A likely explanation for this contradicting behaviour is the relative weakness on the competency of communication skills and lack of support of human resources for conducting training of the profession in the Hospital Authority. In spite of it, it is recognized that cross-training is beneficial to the staff competency development and should be promoted. But the implementation of cross-training should be well planned and communicated before its favorable outcomes could be obtained and the utilization of resources could be maximized. The findings and conclusions of this study have significance for managers and educators who are involved in developing staff competency and implementing cross-training program for the profession.
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