E‐learning for healthcare workers is as effective as face-to-face learning for improving knowledge and skills of healthcare workers

Added April 16, 2020

Citation: Rohwer A, Motaze NV, Rehfuess E, et al. E‐learning of evidence‐based health care (EBHC) to increase EBHC competencies in healthcare professionals: a systematic review. Campbell Systematic Reviews 2017; 4

What is this: As knowledge about COVID-19 and how to deal with the pandemic spreads, it is important that healthcare workers are trained appropriately, which might require a shift from face-to-face learning to online e-learning during times of social distancing.

In this Campbell systematic review, the authors searched for research assessing the effectiveness of e‐learning for improving evidence‐based health care knowledge and practice among healthcare workers. They did not restrict their search by language of publication and did the search in May 2016. They included 20 randomised trials and 4 non-randomised trials (total: 3825 participants). Participants included medical doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, physician assistants and athletic trainers at all levels of education.

What works: Blended learning (which combines e-learning with face-to-face learning) is better than no learning in improving knowledge, skills, attitude and behaviour of healthcare workers.

Online e-learning on its own is better than no learning (and as good as face-to-face learning) in improving knowledge and skills of healthcare workers.

Blended learning is better than face-to-face learning in improving attitude and behaviour of healthcare workers.

What doesn’t work: Online e-learning on its own does not improve attitudes or behaviours of healthcare workers.

What’s uncertain: It is uncertain which components of e-learning are most effective for healthcare workers.


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