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Nurse education
E-learning may be no better than traditional teaching for continuing education of health professionals
  1. Amelia Swift
  1. Correspondence to Dr Amelia Swift, School of Nursing, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Medical School, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK; A.Swift{at}

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Commentary on: Vaona A, Banzi R, Kwag KH, et al. E-learning for health professionals. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2018;1(2). doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011736.pub2.

Implications for research and practice

  • There is limited evidence to support of e-learning as an alternative to traditional teaching.

  • Studies have high levels of attrition and outcome measures that do not support translation of results to clinical outcomes.

  • Future research and reviews must examine more closely the educational strategies as well as outcomes.


E-learning is defined as an educational intervention delivered via the internet. The advantages of e-learning include lower cost, wide distribution, ease of access, updateable materials and personalised pace of learning, but these vary depending on the technology, the user, the design and the content.1 The aim of the review was to assess whether e-learning, when compared with traditional teaching methods, improved patient outcomes or healthcare professionals’ (HCP) knowledge, skills or …

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