A comparative evaluation of the effect of internet-based CME delivery format on satisfaction, knowledge and confidence

Curran, Vernon R. and Fleet, Lisa J. and Kirby, Fran (2010) A comparative evaluation of the effect of internet-based CME delivery format on satisfaction, knowledge and confidence. BMC Medical Education, 10 (10). pp. 1-7. ISSN 1472-6920

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Abstract

Background: Internet-based instruction in continuing medical education (CME) has been associated with favorable outcomes. However, more direct comparative studies of different Internet-based interventions, instructional methods, presentation formats, and approaches to implementation are needed. The purpose of this study was to conduct a comparative evaluation of two Internet-based CME delivery formats and the effect on satisfaction, knowledge and confidence outcomes. Methods: Evaluative outcomes of two differing formats of an Internet-based CME course with identical subject matter were compared. A Scheduled Group Learning format involved case-based asynchronous discussions with peers and a facilitator over a scheduled 3-week delivery period. An eCME On Demand format did not include facilitated discussion and was not based on a schedule; participants could start and finish at any time. A retrospective, pre-post evaluation study design comparing identical satisfaction, knowledge and confidence outcome measures was conducted. Results: Participants in the Scheduled Group Learning format reported significantly higher mean satisfaction ratings in some areas, performed significantly higher on a post-knowledge assessment and reported significantly higher post-confidence scores than participants in the eCME On Demand format that was not scheduled and did not include facilitated discussion activity. Conclusions: The findings support the instructional benefits of a scheduled delivery format and facilitated asynchronous discussion in Internet-based CME.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/363
Item ID: 363
Keywords: article; attitude to health; comparative study; consumer; education; female; health care quality; human; Internet; male; medical education; methodology; retrospective study; self concept; Consumer Satisfaction; Education, Distance; Education, Medical, Continuing; Female; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Humans; Internet; Male; Program Evaluation; Retrospective Studies; Self Efficacy
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of
Date: 29 January 2010
Date Type: Publication

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