Research Studies

Self-Monitoring Checklists: A Tool for Connecting Training to Practice

Learning Management and Training
Research Studies

A limitation of training is the gap between the knowledge learned in training and the behavior put into practice. Skills checklists are helpful for reducing errors and increasing adherence to safety and may be one tool useful for bridging that gap. There is little research examining the role of skills checklists with self-reflection completed independently, or “self-monitoring checklists,” for increasing knowledge and improving skills in areas requiring attentional behavior in healthcare. Two randomized controlled studies incorporated self-monitoring checklists along with online training in cultural competence and integrated care, respectively, for health professionals. At least ninety percent of participants in both studies found self-monitoring checklists to be helpful. Healthcare educators and practitioners should consider self-monitoring checklists as an additional tool for online training when developing educational strategies for healthcare professionals.

Hughes MC, McCulloch EB, Valdes EG. Self-monitoring checklists: A tool for connecting training to practice. Innovations in Global Health Professions Education. 2018:4.

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M. Courtney Hughes PhD, MS

Senior Researcher, Relias

Emaley McCulloch M.Ed., BCBA

Vice President, Relias Institute, Relias

Elise Valdes PhD, MS

Director of Research, Relias


December 2018