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Methods Inf Med. 2006;45(4):389-96.

An e-learning platform for guideline implementation--evidence- and case-based knowledge translation via the Internet.

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Competence Centre for General Practive and Outpatients' Health Care, Witten/Herdecke University, 58448 Witten, Germany.



Effective knowledge translation in medicine is an essential element of a modern health care system. Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are considered relevant instruments for the transfer of knowledge into clinical practice. To improve this transfer we have created Internet-based continuing medical education (CME) modules and online case-based learning objects.


Building upon existing CPGs, an e-learning platform including a multi-step review process was developed to generate CME modules. These CME modules were presented through a modified content management system (CMS) that fulfils specific requirements of CME. An online questionnaire using a four-point Likert scale was designed to receive mandatory feedback from participating physicians. In the second step of development, case-based learning objects were added to the CMS.


Existing clinical practice guidelines allowed a rapid development of CME modules specific to individual clinical indications. The modified CMS proved to be technically stable but also resource-intensive. 3105 physicians registered and used the platform between June 2003 and April 2005. 95% of the physicians expressed positive feedback in an evaluation questionnaire; only 35% of physicians actually used the corresponding CPGs in practice. Suggestions from the CME users led to the development of interactive medical case-based learning objects related to the main topics of the CPGs.


To support the implementation of CPGs, an Internet platform for CME including case-based learning objects and examination tests was developed. An interactive online CME platform can support active learning and may establish an additional stimulus for knowledge translation into daily medical practice.

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