The WISDOM project: Training primary care professionals in informatics in a collaborative 'virtual classroom'

Nick J. Fox, E. A. Dolman, P. Lane, A. J. O-Rourke, C. Roberts

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Objectives. The WISDOM project applies Internet technologies to create a virtual classroom in health informatics for primary care professionals. Participants use a facilitated E-mail discussion list supported by a web site which provides on-line resources and an archive of teaching materials. Design. The project took an adult-learning model in which participants identify their learning needs, emphasized using informatics skills in practice, and focused on skills likely to enhance evidence-based practice. The paper describes the project and an evaluation of the first programme which ran in 1997 with 28 participants. Pre- and post-intervention questionnaires were used to assess perceived skills in informatics and evidence-based practice. Setting. University of Sheffield. Subjects. Primary care professionals. Results. Participants reported statistically significant increases in eight informatics skills. There were no significant changes in evidence-based practice skills. The web-site, seminar programme and discussion list were highly rated as useful in delivering informatics training. Conclusions. The WISDOM approach is effective for the delivery of informatics training to primary care professionals, and may be used more widely for other subjects and professional groups. There is a need for further research into facilitating virtual classrooms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-370
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Education
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1999
Externally publishedYes


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