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Knowledge transfer for the management of dementia: a cluster-randomised trial of blended learning in general practice

Vollmar, H.C., Mayer, H., Ostermann, T., Butzlaff, M.E., Sandars, J.E., Wilm, S. and Rieger, M.A. (2010) Knowledge transfer for the management of dementia: a cluster-randomised trial of blended learning in general practice. Implementation Science , 5. ISSN 1748-5908

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BACKGROUND The implementation of new medical knowledge into general practice is a complex process. Blended learning may offer an effective and efficient educational intervention to reduce the knowledge-to-practice gap. The aim of this study was to compare knowledge acquisition about dementia management between a blended learning approach using online modules in addition to quality circles (QCs) and QCs alone.

METHODS In this cluster-randomised trial with QCs as clusters and general practitioners (GPs) as participants, 389 GPs from 26 QCs in the western part of Germany were invited to participate. Data on the GPs' knowledge were obtained at three points in time by means of a questionnaire survey. Primary outcome was the knowledge gain before and after the interventions. A subgroup analysis of the users of the online modules was performed.

RESULTS 166 GPs were available for analysis and filled out a knowledge test at least two times. A significant increase of knowledge was found in both groups that indicated positive learning effects of both approaches. However, there was no significant difference between the groups. A subgroup analysis of the GPs who self-reported that they had actually used the online modules showed that they had a significant increase in their knowledge scores.

CONCLUSION A blended learning approach was not superior to a QCs approach for improving knowledge about dementia management. However, a subgroup of GPs who were motivated to actually use the online modules had a gain in knowledge

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2010 Vollmar et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Medicine (Leeds) > Leeds Institute of Medical Education > Medical Education Unit (Leeds)
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 06 May 2010 13:25
Last Modified: 06 May 2010 13:25
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1748-5908-5-1
Status: Published
Publisher: Biomed Central
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1186/1748-5908-5-1
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10805

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