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Validating e-learning in continuing pharmacy education: user acceptance and knowledge change
Jagiellonian University.
Jagiellonian University.
Karolinska Institutet. (Medicinsk pedagogik)
2014 (English)In: BMC Medical Education, ISSN 1472-6920, E-ISSN 1472-6920, Vol. 14, no 33Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background

Continuing pharmacy education is becoming mandatory in most countries in order to keep the professional license valid. Increasing number of pharmacists are now using e-learning as part of their continuing education. Consequently, the increasing popularity of this method of education calls for standardization and validation practices. The conducted research explored validation aspects of e-learning in terms of knowledge increase and user acceptance.

Methods

Two e-courses were conducted as e-based continuing pharmacy education for graduated pharmacists. Knowledge increase and user acceptance were the two outcome measured. The change of knowledge in the first e-course was measured by a pre- and post-test and results analysed by the Wilcoxon signed–rank test. The acceptance of e-learning in the second e-course was investigated by a questionnaire and the results analysed using descriptive statistics.

Results

Results showed that knowledge increased significantly (p < 0.001) by 16 pp after participation in the first e-course. Among the participants who responded to the survey in the second course, 92% stated that e-courses were effective and 91% stated that they enjoyed the course.

Conclusions

The study shows that e-learning is a viable medium of conducting continuing pharmacy education; e-learning is effective in increasing knowledge and highly accepted by pharmacists from various working environments such as community and hospital pharmacies, faculties of pharmacy or wholesales.

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2014. Vol. 14, no 33
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-113542DOI: 10.1186/1472-6920-14-33PubMedID: 24528547OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-113542DiVA: diva2:782623
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