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Validating e-learning in continuing pharmacy education: user acceptance and knowledge change.

Nesterowicz K, Librowski T, Edelbring S - BMC Med Educ (2014)

Bottom Line: 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.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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Affiliation: Department of Radioligands, Jagiellonian University, Medical College, Faculty of Pharmacy, Medyczna 9 Street, Krakow 30-688, Poland. krzysztof.nesterowicz@uj.edu.pl.

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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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Responses to the question: 'Please, indicate what you think about the effectiveness of such courses’ (n = 236).
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Figure 4: Responses to the question: 'Please, indicate what you think about the effectiveness of such courses’ (n = 236).

Mentions: There were 92% respondents (217 of 236) of the survey who thought that e-courses were effective (Figure 4).


Validating e-learning in continuing pharmacy education: user acceptance and knowledge change.

Nesterowicz K, Librowski T, Edelbring S - BMC Med Educ (2014)

Responses to the question: 'Please, indicate what you think about the effectiveness of such courses’ (n = 236).
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 4: Responses to the question: 'Please, indicate what you think about the effectiveness of such courses’ (n = 236).
Mentions: There were 92% respondents (217 of 236) of the survey who thought that e-courses were effective (Figure 4).

Bottom Line: 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.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.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Radioligands, Jagiellonian University, Medical College, Faculty of Pharmacy, Medyczna 9 Street, Krakow 30-688, Poland. krzysztof.nesterowicz@uj.edu.pl.

ABSTRACT

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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Related in: MedlinePlus