Sustained effects of online genetics education: a randomized controlled trial on oncogenetics

E.J.F. Houwink, S.R. van Teeffelen, A.M.M. Muijtjens, L. Henneman, F. Jacobi, S.J. van Luijk, G.J. Dinant, C. van der Vleuten, M.C. Cornel

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Medical professionals are increasingly expected to deliver genetic services in daily patient care. However, genetics education is considered to be suboptimal and in urgent need of revision and innovation. We designed a Genetics e-learning Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module aimed at improving general practitioners' (GPs') knowledge about oncogenetics, and we conducted a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the outcomes at the first two levels of the Kirkpatrick framework (satisfaction, learning and behavior). Between September 2011 and March 2012, a parallel-group, pre- and post-retention (6-month follow-up) controlled group intervention trial was conducted, with repeated measurements using validated questionnaires. Eighty Dutch GP volunteers were randomly assigned to the intervention or the control group. Satisfaction with the module was high, with the three item's scores in the range 4.1-4.3 (5-point scale) and a global score of 7.9 (10-point scale). Knowledge gains post test and at retention test were 0.055 (P physicians genetics knowledge and could potentially be relevant internationally and across a wider range of potential audiences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-316
JournalEuropean Journal of Human Genetics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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Houwink, E. J. F., van Teeffelen, S. R., Muijtjens, A. M. M., Henneman, L., Jacobi, F., van Luijk, S. J., Dinant, G. J., van der Vleuten, C., & Cornel, M. C. (2014). Sustained effects of online genetics education: a randomized controlled trial on oncogenetics. European Journal of Human Genetics, 22(3), 310-316.