Assessment of a new e-learning system on thorax, trachea, and lung ultrasound

  • Background: Lung ultrasound has become an emerging tool in acute and critical care medicine. Combined theoretical and hands-on training has been required to teach ultrasound diagnostics. Current computer technology allows for display, explanation, and animation of information in a remote-learning environment. Objective: Development and assessment of an e-learning program for lung ultrasound. Methods: An interactive online tutorial was created. A prospective learning success study was conducted with medical students using a multiple-choice test (Trial A). This e-learning program was used as preparation for a certified course followed by an evaluation of trained doctors (Trial B) by linear analogue scales. Pretests were compared with postcourse tests and sustainability tests as well as a posttest of a one-day custom classroom training. Results: In Trial A, during the learning success study (n = 29), the increase of correct answers was 11.7 to 17/20 in the post-test and to 16.6/20 in the sustainability test (relative change 45.1%, P < 0.0001). E-learning almost equalled scores of classroom-based training regarding gain and retention of factual knowledge. In Trial B, nineteen participating doctors found a 79.5% increase of knowledge (median, 95% CI: 69%; 88%). Conclusion: The basics of lung ultrasound can be taught in a highly effective manner using e-learning.

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Author:Colleen CucaORCiDGND, Patrick ScheiermannORCiDGND, Dorothea Hempel, Gabriele Via, Armin SeibelORCiDGND, Magnus Barth, Tim Oliver HircheGND, Felix WalcherGND, Raoul BreitkreutzORCiDGND
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Parent Title (English):Emergency medicine international
Place of publication:New York, NY [u. a.]
Contributor(s):Aristomenis K. Exadaktylos
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2016/12/01
Date of first Publication:2013/11/12
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2016/12/01
Issue:Article ID 145361
Page Number:11
First Page:1
Last Page:10
Copyright © 2013 Colleen Cuca et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Institutes:Medizin / Medizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 3.0