Development and assessment of a web-based clinical quality improvement curriculum.

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BACKGROUND: Understanding quality improvement (QI) is an important skill for physicians, yet educational interventions focused on teaching QI to residents are relatively rare. Web-based training may be an effective teaching tool in time-limited and expertise-limited settings. INTERVENTION: We developed a web-based curriculum in QI and evaluated its effectiveness. METHODS: During the 2011-2012 academic year, we enrolled 53 first-year internal medicine residents to complete the online training. Residents were provided an average of 6 hours of protected time during a 1-month geriatrics rotation to sequentially complete 8 online modules on QI. A pre-post design was used to measure changes in knowledge of the QI principles and self-assessed competence in the objectives of the course. RESULTS: Of the residents, 72% percent (37 of 51) completed all of the modules and pretests and posttests. Immediate pre-post knowledge improved from 6 to 8.5 for a total score of 15 (P < .001) and pre-post self-assessed competence in QI principles on paired t test analysis improved from 1.7 to 2.7 on a scale of 5 for residents who completed all of the components of the course. CONCLUSIONS: Web-based training of QI in this study was comparable to other existing non-web-based curricula in improving learner confidence and knowledge in QI principles. Web-based training can be an efficient and effective mode of content delivery.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Yanamadala, M; Hawley, J; Sloane, R; Bae, J; Heflin, MT; Buhr, GT

Published Date

  • March 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 147 - 150

PubMed ID

  • 24701326

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3963773

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1949-8349

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4300/JGME-D-13-00140.1


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States