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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants
Getting Educated: E-Learning Resources in the Design and Execution of Surgical Trials
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
An evidence-based approach to research, which includes important aspects such as critical appraisal, is essential for the effective conduct of clinical trials. Researchers who are interested in educating themselves about its principles in order to incorporate them into their trials face challenges when attempting to acquire this information from traditional learning sources. E-learning resources offer an intriguing possibility of overcoming the challenges posed by traditional learning, and show promise as a way to expand accessibility to quality education about evidence-based principles. An assessment of existing e-learning resources reveals positive educational avenues for researchers, although significant flaws exist. The Global EducatorTM by Global Research Solutions addresses many of these flaws and is an e-learning resource that combines convenience with comprehensiveness.
KEY WORDS: evidence-based medicine, research, e-learning, Global Educator TM, clinical trials, critical appraisal
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