Rolling e-learning: an educational model to support Italian healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic

Rolling e-learning: an educational model to support Italian healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic

Authors

  • Fabrizio Ernesto Pregliasco Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health at the University of Milan, Italy; IRCCS Orthopedic Institute Galeazzi, Milan, Italy; ANPAS (Associazione Nazionale Pubbliche Assistenze), Italy, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3919-0679
  • Maria Rosa Valetto CME Italian national provider Zadig, Milan, Italy https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5195-5208
  • Filippo Anelli Italian Federation of Medical Professional Associations (FNOMCeO), Rome, Italy
  • Ugo Moretti Section of Pharmacology, Department of Diagnostics and Public Health, University of Verona, Verona, Italy https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5108-5807
  • Nicoletta Scarpa CME Italian national provider Zadig, Milan, Italy
  • Pietro Dri CME Italian national provider Zadig, Milan, Italy https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3565-4787

Keywords:

e-learning, Continuing medical education (CME), Education in epidemics and pandemics, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2

Abstract

Background and aim: Rolling reviews have been widely used by the scientific community during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide guidelines and identify potential treatments in such a quickly evolving emergency. Throughout the two pandemic years, we provided independent and continuously updated (rolling) e-learning courses on COVID-19 targeted to Italian healthcare professionals with the aim of increasing dissemination based on the emerging evidence. The results of this project are presented in this brief report.

Methods: We launched five main courses on COVID-19 – with focus on treatments and vaccines – from February 2020 to December 2022. For each course, we collected and analised participation data and, via questionnaires, customer-satisfaction data on relevance, quality, efficacy and sponsor perception.

Results: From 22 February 2020 to 31 December 2022, a total of 224,459 enrollments were registered over the five courses with 192,966 passes (86%), for which Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits were awarded. Over 94% of participants considered the contents of high quality, relevant and effective for their educational needs. The absence of sponsorship perception, 83% overall, decreased relevantly for the two courses on COVID-19 vaccines (68.3%).

Conclusions: Italian healthcare professionals working during the pandemic overwhelmingly appreciated and valued the rolling e-learning offer aimed at widening the dissemination of the best practices on COVID-19. This educational model provides independent, evidence-based and tailored information with the undoubted advantages of time flexibility, remote participation and continuous update, all elements that make it a useful tool in a pandemic as well as in a post-pandemic era.

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30-08-2023

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Pregliasco FE, Valetto MR, Anelli F, Moretti U, Scarpa N, Dri P. Rolling e-learning: an educational model to support Italian healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Acta Biomed [Internet]. 2023 Aug. 30 [cited 2024 Jul. 15];94(S3):e2023123. Available from: https://mattioli1885journals.com/index.php/actabiomedica/article/view/14204