E-learning is likely to be as effective as traditional methods for training health professionals, according to a review commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) and carried out by Imperial College London researchers.
According to another recent WHO report, the world is short of 7.2 million health-care professionals, and the figure is growing.
The Imperial team, led by Dr. Josip Car, carried out a systematic review of scientific literature to evaluate the effectiveness of e-learning for undergraduate health professional education. The findings, drawn from a total of 108 studies, showed that students acquire knowledge and skills through online and offline e-learning as well as or better than they do through traditional teaching.
The authors suggest that combining e-learning with traditional teaching might be more suitable for health-care training than courses that rely fully on e-learning because of the need to acquire practical skills.
—More info: www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/12/us-health-trainingwho- idUSKBN0KL0XZ20150112