The Potential Use of Handheld Computers for Continuing Medical Education
This study investigated the potential for providing CME on a handheld computer to family physicians. National guidelines on four topics were summarized and converted to a format that could be read on the most popular type of handheld computer. Seventeen physicians were randomly allocated modules and a case study on two of the four topics. Before and after receiving the modules, they completed surveys of their knowledge on all four topics and provided estimates of their confidence in managing patients with those conditions. There were trends towards greater improvement in knowledge scores on the topics that had been reviewed, with a statistically significant improvement in knowledge scores on two modules. While there are increasing numbers of content providers employing this technology to deliver CME, this study provides only modest evidence to support its effectiveness.
Medical education , Pocket computers , Medicine , Study and teaching , Computer-assisted instruction , Education