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Bill J Gurley, Charles R Yates, John S Markowitz
Botanical dietary supplements (BDS) are complex mixtures of phytochemicals exhibiting complex pharmacology and posing complex research challenges. For 25 years, clinical pharmacologists researching BDS have confronted a litany of issues unlike those encountered with conventional medications. Foundational to these concerns is the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, which exempted BDS from premarket safety and efficacy trials. In the ensuing period, safety concerns regarding multi-ingredient products formulated as "proprietary blends" and herb-drug interactions have garnered significant attention...
June 8, 2018: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Karen D Könings, Nynke de Jong, Christa Lohrmann, Linas Sumskas, Tony Smith, Stephen J O'Connor, Ingrid A E Spanjers, Jeroen J G Van Merriënboer, Katarzyna Czabanowska
Background: Public health leaders are confronted with complex problems, and developing effective leadership competencies is essential. The teaching of leadership is still not common in public health training programs around the world. A reconceptualization of professional training is needed and can benefit from innovative educational approaches. Our aim was to explore learners' perceptions of the effectiveness and appeal of a public health leadership course using problem-based, blended learning methods that used virtual learning environment technologies...
2018: Public Health Reviews
Jessica Williams, Donovan Jones, Rohan Walker
Within the last decade, there has been significant change in the way tertiary midwifery education has been delivered to students. The use of blended teaching methods and the introduction of simulated learning experiences has been observed in the literature to improve students' self-confidence, competence, clinical judgement and decision-making abilities. Simulation is seen to be particularly important when practising skills that may be infrequently encountered in practice, such as clinical emergencies. Neonatal resuscitation is the most common neonatal emergency encountered within midwifery today, with up to 15% of babies requiring some form of resuscitation at birth...
May 28, 2018: Nurse Education in Practice
Stephanie G B Sullivan, Kathryn T Hoiriis, Lucia Paolucci
OBJECTIVE: We describe a change in teaching method from extended face-to-face instruction to a blended classroom environment in a research methods course and compare student scores following a change in assessment from mid-term examination to weekly quizzes. METHODS: The course traditionally had been taught using a weekly 2-hour lecture for each academic term. A change in teaching methods was designed to include 20 minutes of lecture followed by 30 minutes of topic-specific in-class group discussions...
June 6, 2018: Journal of Chiropractic Education
Weiqing Ge
BACKGROUND: Physical therapy workforce shortages are expected to increase for all 50 states through 2030. There is a recognized nationwide unprecedented shortage of well-prepared physical therapy instructors. One practical solution can be to share instructors among Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs using a blended teaching and learning model. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of a blended teaching and learning model for a neuroscience course in a DPT program...
2018: Journal of Allied Health
Rouhollah Sheikhaboumasoudi, Maryam Bagheri, Sayed Abbas Hosseini, Elaheh Ashouri, Nasrin Elahi
Background: Fundamentals of nursing course are prerequisite to providing comprehensive nursing care. Despite development of technology on nursing education, effectiveness of using e-learning methods in fundamentals of nursing course is unclear in clinical skills laboratory for nursing students. The aim of this study was to compare the effect of blended learning (combining e-learning with traditional learning methods) with traditional learning alone on nursing students' scores. Materials and Methods: A two-group post-test experimental study was administered from February 2014 to February 2015...
May 2018: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research
Yamei Bai, Fang Huang, Qiuqin Wang, Haiyan Ying, Guihua Xu
To solve the problems existing in the traditional nursing practice teaching and enhance the training quality of nursing baccalaureate students. This article developed a nursing practice teaching model based on the intelligent information platform by integrating the methods of autonomous learning, inquiry learning, blended learning, and action teaching with constructivism learning theory in an attempt to realize the combination of information technology with experimental teaching in nursing baccalaureate program...
2018: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Catherine E Sheppard, Harry H Marshall, Richard Inger, Faye J Thompson, Emma I K Vitikainen, Sam Barker, Hazel J Nichols, David A Wells, Robbie A McDonald, Michael A Cant
Cultural inheritance, the transmission of socially learned information across generations, is a non-genetic, "second inheritance system" capable of shaping phenotypic variation in humans and many non-human animals [1-3]. Studies of wild animals show that conformity [4, 5] and biases toward copying particular individuals [6, 7] can result in the rapid spread of culturally transmitted behavioral traits and a consequent increase in behavioral homogeneity within groups and populations [8, 9]. These findings support classic models of cultural evolution [10, 11], which predict that many-to-one or one-to-many transmission erodes within-group variance in culturally inherited traits...
May 16, 2018: Current Biology: CB
Tina Weis, Christoph M Krick, Wolfgang Reith, Thomas Lachmann
Processing of speech was investigated by using stimuli gradually changing from speech (vowels) to non-speech (spectral rotated vowels). Stimuli were presented in descending levels of vocalization blends, from pure speech to non-speech, through step-wise combinations, resulting in ambiguous versions of the sounds. Participants performed a two-alternative forced choice task: categorization of sounds were made according to whether they contained more speech or non-speech. Performance feedback was presented visually on each trial...
May 22, 2018: Brain and Cognition
Rian Marie Extavour, Gillian L Allison
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Blended learning (BL) integrates face-to-face and online instructional methods, with applications in pharmacy education. This study aimed to assess pharmacy students' perceptions of BL in a pharmacy seminar course at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus, Trinidad and Tobago. EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY AND SETTING: Topics based on the use of medicines and public health were presented by student groups during live seminars, supplemented with online activities...
April 2018: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning
Annette Burgess, Christie van Diggele, Craig Mellis
BACKGROUND: The need for faculty development programmes designed to help junior health professionals fulfill their multiple roles, across various institutions, is widely acknowledged. Such programmes are usually logistically difficult for hospital clinicians to access, however, and are discipline based. In 2017, we collaborated with four health care faculties to develop a blended learning, interprofessional faculty development programme that was up to date, relevant, and accessible to clinicians working in the hospital and university settings...
May 23, 2018: Clinical Teacher
Rashmi Vyas, Anand Zachariah, Isobel Swamidasan, Priya Doris, Ilene Harris
Background: Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, India, a tertiary care hospital, designed a year-long Fellowship in Secondary Hospital Medicine (FSHM) for CMC graduates, with the aim to support them during rural service and be motivated to consider practicing in these hospitals. The FSHM was a blend of 15 paper-based distance learning modules, 3 contact sessions, community project work, and networking. This paper reports on the evaluation of the FSHM program. Methods: The curriculum development process for the FSHM reflected the six-step approach including problem identification, needs assessment, formulating objectives, selecting educational strategies, implementation, and evaluation...
September 2017: Education for Health: Change in Training & Practice
Merete Furnes, Kari Sofie Kvaal, Sevald Høye
Background: It is important that mental health nursing students at Bachelor level obtain effective communication skills. Many students dread the fact that in the mental health field they will encounter patients and relatives with various backgrounds and personalities. Large classes and limited teaching resources in nursing education are challenging. To prepare students for mental health nursing practice, a communication skills course based on the blended learning method was developed and carried out at two different campuses...
2018: BMC Nursing
Eric G Johnson, Douglas R Oyler
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this study was to implement and assess an elective course that exposes pharmacy students to clinical pharmacy in the surgical and perioperative setting. METHODS: A blended-design elective that included synchronous and asynchronous learning was developed and offered to third-year pharmacy students. Students' knowledge and perception regarding clinical topics in perioperative pharmacy was assessed using pre- and post-course assessments, online quizzes, a journal club, and course assignments...
March 2018: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning
Tom O'Connor, Zena Moore, Chanel Watson, Niamh Rohan, Bridget Murray, Anne Marie Burke, Maryam Husain, Declan Patton, Michael Shannon, Mary Wynne, Ina Crowley
Literature points to a gap which exists in the preparedness of new nursing/midwifery graduates for clinical practice. In Ireland, a two year programme was established in 2013 for all new graduates employed by the public health system. This paper provides a report on the evaluation of the programme which aimed to gauge the impact of the programme on student experience, stakeholder opinion and on health service delivery. A mixed methods approach, combining qualitative and quantitative methodologies, was utilised...
May 3, 2018: Nurse Education in Practice
Ewan W McDonald, Jessica L Boulton, Jacqueline L Davis
OBJECTIVES: This review examines the current evidence on the effectiveness of digital technologies or e-based learning for enhancing the skills and knowledge of nursing students in nursing assessment. DESIGN & BACKGROUND: This integrative review identifies themes emerging from e-learning and 'nursing assessment' literature. Literature reviews have been undertaken in relation to digital learning and nursing education, including clinical skills, clinical case studies and the nurse-educator role...
March 21, 2018: Nurse Education Today
Sowbhagya Micheal, Brahmaputra Marjadi
BACKGROUND: Teaching gender and sexuality in medical school is critical to prepare students for future clinical practice. Yet curriculum gaps exist in teaching these topics in medical schools. To address this, medical schools are integrating gendered perspectives into their curricula. CONTEXT: Acknowledging the need to teach gender and sexuality, Western Sydney University School of Medicine introduced a lecture on 'Gendered Perspectives on Health' in 2015. However, the delivery of the content took more time than anticipated, as some students lacked a basic understanding of gender and sexuality...
June 2018: Clinical Teacher
Elisabeth Coyne, Valda Frommolt, Hazel Rands, Victoria Kain, Marion Mitchell
The provision of simulation to enhance learning is becoming common practice as clinical placement becomes harder to secure within Bachelor of Nursing programs. The use of simulation videos within a blended learning platform enables students to view best practice and provides relevant links between theory and practice. Four simulation videos depicting family assessment viewed by a cohort of Australian undergraduate nursing students were evaluated. These videos were professionally developed using actors and experienced family nurses...
July 2018: Nurse Education Today
Natasa M Milic, Nikola Ilic, Dejana M Stanisavljevic, Andja M Cirkovic, Jelena S Milin, Zoran M Bukumiric, Nikola V Milic, Marko D Savic, Sara M Ristic, Goran Z Trajkovic
Education is undergoing profound changes due to permanent technological innovations. This paper reports the results of a pilot study aimed at developing, implementing and evaluating the course, "Applicative Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Medicine," upon medical school entry. The Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, introduced a curriculum reform in 2014 that included the implementation of the course, "Applicative Use of ICT in Medicine" for first year medical students...
2018: PloS One
Sahal Houssein, Lionel Di Marco, Carole Schwebel, Vanda Luengo, Patrice Morand, Pierre Gillois
INTRODUCTION: In 2006, the Grenoble-Alpes University Medical School decided to switch the learning paradigm of the first year to a blended learning model based on a flipped classroom with a continuous dual assessment system providing personal follow-up. We report a descriptive analysis of two pedagogical models. METHODS: The innovative blended learning model is divided into 5 week-sequences of learning, starting with a series of knowledge capsules, following with Interactive On Line Questions, Interactive On Site Training and an Explanation Meeting...
2018: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
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