Measure Status: Active
Measurement Category: Category 1: measuring quantity of effort (counts and "yes/no" activities)
Service Type: Middle level: enabling services
Service Recipient: Activities directed to families/children/youth
Goal: To increase the number of providers taking OPE modules, so providers are better able to educate parents and children on injury prevention strategies and resources, in order to prevent injuries and reduce their consequences.
Numerator: Number of individual users completing one or more Texas Health Steps Online Provider Education (OPE) injury prevention modules per year
Significance: Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death and disability among children and adolescents, both in Texas and the United States as a whole. Many aspects of the environment in which children live (physical, social, cultural, economic, etc.) have impacts on injury risk. Both fatal and nonfatal childhood injuries are very costly; in addition to the burden of death and disability, childhood injuries can result in substantial economic costs, including medical costs for the child and lost work days for caregivers. In order to impact the number of injury-related hospital admissions per population ages birth to 19 years, parents and professionals need to increase their knowledge of the potential risks impacting this population and strategies available to reduce the risk. This measure will examine the number of individuals who completed injury prevention-related OPE modules.
Data Sources and Data Issues: Data Source: DSHS Texas Health Steps Online Provider Education (OPE) website data
Texas Health Steps OPE module data will be utilized to measure providers trainings on injury prevention. Texas Health Steps OPE is an award-winning online program offering free continuing education modules for primary care providers and other health professionals. These modules offer updated clinical, regulatory, and best practice guidelines for a range of preventive health, oral health, mental health, and case management topics. Completion of at least one of the following injury prevention modules will be assessed for this measure:
1. Adolescent Health Screening
2. Adolescent Substance Use
3. Childhood Trauma and Toxic Stress
4. Identifying and Treating Young People with High-Risk Behaviors
5. Interpersonal Youth Violence
6. Pediatric Head Injury: Abusive Head Trauma
7. Pediatric Head Injury: Concussion
8. Pediatric Head Injury: Overview
9. Preventing Unintentional Injury: 13 to 18 Years
10. Preventing Unintentional Injury: 5 to 12 Years
11. Preventing Unintentional Injury: Birth to 4 Years
12. Preventing Unintentional Injury: Overview
Texas Health Steps OPE modules offered may be subject to change, which could impact analysis of trends over time. Specific data on the methods by which many of the childhood unintentional injuries took place is limited.
Unit Type: Count, Unit Number: 50,000