Nurses' opinions of the introduction of computer‐assisted learning for use in patient education

Patricia Ann Firby, Karen A. Luker, Ann‐Louise ‐L Caress

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Computers have only recently begun to find a place in the everyday work of health care staff The use of computer‐assisted learning (CAL) in patient education is in its infancy However, the medium appears to offer several advantages to patients The successful integration of the medium into clinical practice requires the acceptance and support of staff members Little research exists to date which examines staff responses to the introduction of CAL into their workplace This small study (n= 14) aims to explore the reactions of staff to the introduction of an experimental CAL package for use in the education of renal patients on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) The opinions of staff members to CAL are probed and their views ascertained regarding the usefulness of CAL to both staff and patients Results suggest that, despite their initial reservations about CAL, staff were generally positive about the medium

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)987-995
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 1991
Externally publishedYes


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