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September 18, 2006 courses make a difference

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Every day at we receive emails and feedback from learners telling us that our courses have made a difference to their professional lives. Now we’ve got some research to back up what we have known for a long time: courses make a difference and have a positive impact on patient care.

Dierdre McGuigan and Pam Moule from the University of the West of England and the United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust have conducted an evaluation of nurses’ use of our Cancer of the Oesophagus course as part of some “research to explore the experience of e-learning in clinical practice”.

Their methodology was as follows:

The delivery of the web-based programme took place with pre- and post testing of knowledge and skills through the use of validated multiple choice questions and quantitative vignette methodology using six vignettes in total.

And their conclusion:

Although the sample is small the results clearly show that staff who undertook the e-learning programme gained knowledge specific to care of patients with oesophageal cancer. Through using vignette methodology the results show that this knowledge impacts on care in a positive way.

Deirdre and Pam are now keen to build upon this study with a much larger sample. The link above is to a poster reporting the results of their study that they prepared for a recent conference in Bristol. Thanks Deirdre and Pam – your work is really very much appreciated.

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