Post-impact evaluation of an e-learning cross-infection control CD-ROM provided to all general dental practitioners in England.
KeywordsAdult, CD-ROM, Computer-Assisted Instruction, Education, Dental, Continuing, Educational Measurement, England, Female, General Practice, Dental, Humans, Infection Control, Dental, Male, Middle Aged, Multimedia, Surveys and Questionnaires
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AbstractAIM: To carry out a post-impact evaluation of a cross-infection control CD-ROM, developed for NHS dental teams as a continuing professional development e-learning tool. The program was commissioned by the Department of Health and developed by a project team through the UK Committee of Postgraduate Dental Deans. The Dental Practice Board had originally sent one copy of the CD-ROM to each dental practice in England in 2004. METHOD: A quantitative statistical analysis of the results of 326 online respondents to the learning package and a survey of 118 dental practitioners drawn from the Dental Practice Board database. RESULTS: Practitioners felt the CD-ROM in this instance was well-designed and appropriate for their needs. It is inclusive and accessible to a wide range of dental professionals including nurses and hygienists. CONCLUSIONS: This form of continuing professional development is popular with dental practitioners, although it should not be the only form of continuing professional development available. However, whilst the project was generally regarded as successful, there were problems with the distribution of the CD-ROM. This suggests that an online resource should be made available in the future.