Effectiveness of e-learning to develop the ability to recognise and manage stroke

Background: With stroke continuing to affect people in the UK and around the world, the need to develop health professionals in the management of patients with the condition and ensuring staff can meet the requirements of guidelines is key. Aim: This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of e-learning to develop ambulance staff in the management of acute stroke and stroke mimics by looking at their engagement with the course and knowledge attainment. Method: A small-scale study focused on an e-learning course on stroke management and before and after questionnaires. Results: Participants demonstrated good engagement with the course. However, the before and after questionnaire results were mixed, with 46% of participants demonstrating an increase in their knowledge up to 6 weeks after undertaking the course, 32% remaining the same and 22% showing a decrease. Conclusion: The data suggest more around the general approach to e-learning rather than on the topic of stroke management. Regardless of the course's content and its overall effectiveness, if students do not afford a suitable amount of time to engage with the learning materials, their ability to develop is greatly diminished.

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