The effectiveness of a clinically integrated e-learning course in evidence-based medicine: A cluster randomised controlled trial
Kulier, Regina and Coppus, Sjors FPJ and Zamora, Javier and HADLEY, Julie and Malick, Sadia and Das, Kausik and Weinbrenner, Susanne and Meyerrose, Berrit and Decsi, Tamas and Horvath, Andrea R and Nagy, Eva and Emparanza, Jose I and Arvanitis, Theodoros N and Burls, Amanda and Cabello, Juan B and Kaczor, Marcin and Zanrei, Gianni and Pierer, Karen and Stawiarz, Katarzyna and Kunz, Regina and Mol, Ben WJ and Khan, Khalid S (2009) The effectiveness of a clinically integrated e-learning course in evidence-based medicine: A cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Medical Education, 9 (1). p. 21. ISSN 1472-6920
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Abstract or description
Background: To evaluate the educational effects of a clinically integrated e-learning course for teaching basic evidence-based medicine (EBM) among postgraduates compared to a traditional lecture-based course of equivalent content.
Methods: We conducted a cluster randomised controlled trial in the Netherlands and the UK involving postgraduate trainees in six obstetrics and gynaecology departments. Outcomes (knowledge gain and change in attitude towards EBM) were compared between the clinically integrated e-learning course (intervention) and the traditional lecture based course (control). We measured change from pre- to post-intervention scores using a validated questionnaire assessing knowledge (primary outcome) and attitudes (secondary outcome).
Results: There were six clusters involving teaching of 61 postgraduate trainees (28 in the intervention and 33 in the control group). The intervention group achieved slightly higher scores for knowledge gain compared to the control, but these results were not statistically significant (difference in knowledge gain: 3.5 points, 95% CI -2.7 to 9.8, p = 0.27). The attitudinal changes were similar for both groups.
Conclusion: A clinically integrated e-learning course was at least as effective as a traditional lecture based course and was well accepted. Being less costly than traditional teaching and allowing for more independent learning through materials that can be easily updated, there is a place for incorporating e-learning into postgraduate EBM curricula that offer on-the-job training for just-intime learning.
|Subjects:||X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
X300 Academic studies in Education
X900 Others in Education
|Faculty:||Faculty of Health Sciences > Social Work, Allied and Public Health|
|Depositing User:||Julie HADLEY|
|Date Deposited:||15 Jan 2013 17:46|
|Last Modified:||01 Oct 2013 15:51|
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