Design and evaluation of a new web based educational tool for systematic review authoring skills
This project resulted in the design, launch and evaluation of a web-based educational package for those in healthcare settings who wish to perform a systematic review of published literature.
Jane Clarke, Associate Professor Jenny Weller and Professor Cindy Farquhar – Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education, University of Auckland
About the project
In New Zealand, the educational preparation of authors potentially undertaking systematic reviews has previously occurred at didactic workshops held over 2 consecutive days. In response to both emerging trends in education and participant feedback, a web-based alternative to the 2 day workshop was conceived.
The research assessed the current Cochrane Protocol and Analysis course for authors of Cochrane systematic reviews and compared it with a newly developed electronic educational course.
Electronic media offer:
- the potential to reach a wider audience
- learning adapted to the needs of the learner, and
- potentially improved educational outcomes.
Applying the findings
This package is of importance to health practitioners to enable them to practice in an evidence-based manner through the transfer of research findings to clinical practice via systematic reviews. A widely accessible and effective e-learning educational intervention in evidence-based practice could have significant benefits for healthcare outcomes.
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