Evaluating Online Continuing Professional Development Regarding Weight Management for Pregnancy Using the New World Kirkpatrick Model

Ruth Walker, Christie Bennett, Arunaz Kumar, Melissa Adamski, Michelle Blumfield, Danielle Mazza, Helen Truby

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INTRODUCTION: Clinical practice guidelines advocate the importance of continuing professional development (CPD) that supports health professionals (HPs) to discuss the sensitive topic of maternal weight management with women. However, there is a lack of accredited CPD related to this important area of preconception and antenatal care. Therefore, aims were to evaluate HPs' reactions to accredited online CPD regarding weight management for pregnancy and their knowledge, attitudes, confidence, and commitment to provide women with advice after completing the course. METHODS: A mixed-methods evaluation was based on the New World Kirkpatrick Model (NWKM). Accredited online CPD was developed by experts in maternal nutrition and weight management. Participants completed a questionnaire before (n = 136) and after (n = 65) the weight management components of the course. McNemar and Wilcoxon signed-rank tests were used to evaluate paired data (n = 36) (p < .05). Deductive content analyses explored free-text responses (n = 65). RESULTS: Participants' reactions to the online CPD were encouraging, facilitating increases in perceptions of the importance of weight management for pregnancy and confidence to provide advice. Quantitative measures assessed no change in participants' knowledge; however, qualitative analyses revealed an increase in participants' knowledge of communication strategies that they intend to apply in practice. DISCUSSION: The NWKM facilitated an evaluation of HPs' encouraging reactions to online CPD and the affective constructs of education including attitudes, confidence, and commitment to provide advice. Online CPD should be developed with collaboration between universities/professional associations and health care providers, so that evaluation of organizational change and clinical outcomes is possible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-217
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2019


  • continuing professional development
  • health professionals
  • antenatal care
  • online
  • pregnancy
  • weight management
  • nutrition

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