The Use of Video Vignettes to Measure Health Worker Knowledge. Evidence from Burkina Faso

39 Pages Posted: 17 May 2019

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Sheheryar Banuri

University of East Anglia (UEA) - School of Economic and Social Studies; University of East Anglia (UEA) - Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS)

Damien de Walque

World Bank; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Philip Keefer

Inter-American Development Bank

Haidara Ousmane Diadie

World Bank

Paul Jacob Robyn

Cameroon Country Office

Marice Ye

Ministry of Health, Burkina Faso - Nouna Health Research Centre

Date Written: August 3, 2017

Abstract

The quality of care is a crucial determinant of good health outcomes, but is difficult to measure. Survey vignettes are a standard approach to measuring medical knowledge among health care providers. Thinking that written vignettes or knowledge tests may be too removed from clinical practice, particularly where “learning by doing” may be an important form of training, we developed a new type of provider vignette using videos presenting a patient with maternal/early childhood symptoms visiting the clinic. We tested these video vignettes with current and future (students) health professionals in Burkina Faso. Participants indicated that the cases used were interesting, understandable and common. Results displayed a substantial dispersion in performance, consistent with expectations. Participants who are expected to perform better, based on ex ante criteria such as their training (medical doctors vs. nurses and midwives) or their experience (health professionals vs. students), actually did perform better. The video vignettes can easily be embedded in computers, tablets and smart phones; they are a convenient tool to measure provider knowledge; and they are cost-effective instruction and testing tools.

Keywords: health care quality, health provider knowledge, vignette, video

Suggested Citation

Banuri, Sheheryar and de Walque, Damien and Keefer, Philip and Ousmane Diadie, Haidara and Robyn, Paul Jacob and Ye, Marice, The Use of Video Vignettes to Measure Health Worker Knowledge. Evidence from Burkina Faso (August 3, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3308986 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3308986

Sheheryar Banuri (Contact Author)

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Damien De Walque

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Philip Keefer

Inter-American Development Bank ( email )

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Haidara Ousmane Diadie

World Bank ( email )

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Paul Jacob Robyn

Cameroon Country Office ( email )

Yaoundé
Cameroon

Marice Ye

Ministry of Health, Burkina Faso - Nouna Health Research Centre ( email )

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Nouna
Burkina Faso

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