Canty, D and Barth, J and Yang, Y and Peters, N and Palmer, A and Royse, A and Royse, C, Comparison of learning outcomes for teaching focused cardiac ultrasound to physicians: a supervised human model course versus an eLearning guided self- directed simulator course, Journal of Critical Care, 49 pp. 38-44. ISSN 0883-9441 (2019) [Refereed Article]
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Materials and Methods: We prospectively compared learning outcomes in novice critical care physicians after completion of a supervised one-and-a-half-day workshop model with a self-guided course utilizing a simulator over four weeks. Both groups had identical pre-workshop on-line learning (20h). Image quality scores were compared using FCU performed on humans without pathology. Interpretive knowledge was compared using 20MCQ tests.
Results: Of 161 eligible, 145 participants consented. Total Image quality scores were higher in the Simulator group (95.2% vs. 66.0%, P < .001) and also higher for each view (all P < .001). Interpretive knowledge was not different before (78.6% vs. 79.0%) and after practical training (74.7% vs. 76.1%) and at 3 months (81.0% vs. 77.0%, all P > .1). Including purchase of the simulator and ultrasound equipment, the simulator course required lower direct costs (AUD$796 vs. $1724 per participant) and instructor time (0.5 vs.1.5 days) but similar participant time (2.8 vs. 3.0 days).
Conclusions: Self-directed learning with ultrasound simulators may be a scalable alternative to conventional supervised teaching with human models.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||education, focused cardiac ultrasound, simulation, transthoracic echocardiography|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Health services and systems|
|Research Field:||Health informatics and information systems|
|Objective Group:||Evaluation of health and support services|
|Objective Field:||Health education and promotion|
|UTAS Author:||Palmer, A (Professor Andrew Palmer)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||3|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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