The Impact of Human Trafficking Training on Healthcare Professionals' Knowledge and Attitudes

Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development (05/17/21) Lee, Hayoung; Geynisman-Tan, Julia; Hofer, Sarah; et al.

The American Medical Women's Association and Physicians Against Trafficking of Humans' Learn to Identify and Fight Trafficking (LIFT) training curriculum was evaluated for its ability to improve learners' knowledge and attitudes on human trafficking in a clinical setting. The training, which is CME-accredited, was originally developed as the Stand Up to Sex Trafficking: Awareness, Implementation, and Networking (SUSTAIN) curriculum in 2017 and then updated to include labor trafficking and renamed LIFT in 2019. For this study, 424 participants completed LIFT's pre-test component; they were primarily female (81%) and students in healthcare fields (55%). Fifty-six percent of these individuals submitted the one-week post-test, and the findings indicate that knowledge and attitude scores improved from the first test to the second. The six-month post-test, submitted by 47 participants (11%), showed a decline in knowledge score from the one-week post-test, but the improved attitude scores were maintained. "The LIFT curriculum demonstrates a significant and sustained improvement in participant knowledge and attitudes regarding identifying and responding to HT in a clinical setting," the authors wrote. "Furthermore, the study confirms that LIFT is a standardized and consistent training for multidisciplinary healthcare professionals across the United States."

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