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J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Jul;23(7):1006-9. doi: 10.1007/s11606-008-0557-5.

Working with patients with alcohol problems: a controlled trial of the impact of a rich media web module on medical student performance.

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Division of General Internal Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA. joshua.lee@med.nyu.edu

Abstract

INTRODUCTION/AIMS:

We designed an interactive web module to improve medical student competence in screening and interventions for hazardous drinking. We assessed its impact on performance with a standardized patient (SP) vs. traditional lecture.

SETTING:

First year medical school curriculum.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The web module included pre/posttests, Flash(c), and text didactics. It centered on videos of two alcohol cases, each contrasting a novice with an experienced physician interviewer. The learner free-text critiqued each clip then reviewed expert analysis.

PROGRAM EVALUATION:

First year medical students conveniently assigned to voluntarily complete a web module (N = 82) or lecture (N = 81) were rated by a SP in a later alcohol case. Participation trended higher (82% vs. 72%, p < .07) among web students, with an additional 4 lecture-assigned students crossing to the web module. The web group had higher mean scores on scales of individual components of brief intervention (assessment and decisional balance) and a brief intervention composite score (1-13 pt.; 9 vs. 7.8, p < .02) and self-reported as better prepared for the SP case.

CONCLUSIONS:

A web module for alcohol use interview skills reached a greater proportion of voluntary learners and was associated with equivalent overall performance scores and higher brief intervention skills scores on a standardized patient encounter.

PMID:
18612733
PMCID:
PMC2517918
DOI:
10.1007/s11606-008-0557-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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