Validation and Testing of an E-Learning Module Teaching Core Urinary Incontinence Objectives in a Randomized Controlled Trial

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  • Objectives To evaluate the efficacy of a urinary incontinence (UI) e-learning module (ELM) in undergraduate medical education. Methods An ELM was developed and validated to teach on UI learning objectives. A 21-item assessment was developed to test knowledge gained. A randomized-controlled trial and parallel nested-cohort study were performed to test the effectiveness of the validated UI-ELM compared with standard methods of UI learning. Students were recruited and enrolled at the onset of their obstetrics and gynecology clerkship. Assignments to either a week-long rotation of gynecologic (GYN) or urogynecologic (UroGyn) surgery were made independent of the study protocol. On the GYN rotation, students were randomly assigned to the UI-ELM intervention or no intervention (control group). The nested-cohort comprised students assigned to the UroGyn rotation. Parametric statistics were applied assessing score changes between the UI-ELM versus control/UroGyn groups. Results Eighty-three students rotated between June 2015 and February 2016. Fifty-five were assigned to GYN and randomized: 35 UI-ELM versus 20 no intervention; 28 were assigned to UroGyn. Students randomized to the UI-ELM had greater score improvement compared with controls (between group difference of +2.73; 95% confidence interval, 0.53-4.93; P = 0.02). Knowledge improvement was similar between students exposed to the UI-ELM compared with those with UroGyn exposure (between group difference, +0.91; 95% confidence interval, -1.05 to 2.88; P = 0.35). Conclusions The UI-ELM resulted in greater improvement in UI knowledge among third year medical students compared with traditional methods of learning and similar to those exposed to a UroGyn rotation.
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  • Parker-Autry CY; Shen E; Nance A; Butler T; Covarrubias JB; Varner RE; Richter HE
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  • 188
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  • 192
  • Volume

  • 25
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  • 2