Doctoral thesis

ELearning acceptance in hospitals : continuing medical education of healthcare professionals


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Thèse de doctorat: Università della Svizzera italiana, 2009 (jury note: Magna cum laude)

English ELearning provides healthcare professionals an interesting alternative of participating to Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities. It offers the possibility to attend courses at a distance, and it allows creating personal learning schedules without needing to leave the job or the family. Hospitals can choose to organize CME activities for their employees and therefore may also opt to offer eLearning activities. The research studies eLearning acceptance in the CME of healthcare professionals in hospitals, it wants to compare the findings to eLearning acceptance in the corporate sector and to create a guideline for continuing education managers devoted to the organization of educational activities for healthcare professionals who work in hospitals. The study leads to the creation of an eLearning Readiness Index for the Continuing Medical Education of healthcare professionals (eCMERI) with the purpose of helping CME managers to promote, organize and decrease the number of dropouts from eLearning activities. The hospital sector seems to widely differ from the corporate field as far as an eLearning Readiness Index is concerned; hospitals require more complex guidelines to organize and promote eLearning than companies. Furthermore, dissimilar priorities are required to encourage eLearners to participate to the activities, which points out different requirements in the two fields.
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