ERIC Number: ED416823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Development of a Computer System To Educate Students To Evaluate and Interpret Published Drug Studies.
Abate, Marie A.
The education of students in the techniques of critical appraisal of drug studies has been identified as a deficiency in many health sciences curricula. Errors in research design and inconsistencies in the reporting of study results persist in professional pharmacy and medical journals. Thus, thorough and accurate review and interpretation of journal studies are essential for assuring that patients receive proper drug therapy. This project developed an interactive, computer instructional program that would teach students to evaluate all aspects of published drug efficacy studies. The content for the program was identified, prepared, and designed for an interactive computer format, and the program was developed using "Authorware Professional." The program, "Evaluation of Clinical Drug Studies," consists of 10 main sections with several subsections. Two consecutive classes of pharmacy students at West Virginia University tested the program, which was found to increase significantly their knowledge of critical drug study evaluation techniques compared to a control group and pretests. Appendices include the timetable for the project; "Development and Evaluation of a Computer-Assisted Instructional Program To Teach Critical Evaluation of Drug Studies" (Marie A. Abate, Arthur I. Jacknowitz, James M. Shumway, and Anne H. Nardi)--an article published in "American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education," Volume 57, Winter 1993; computer program evaluation summary for 1994; and information for FIPSE. (SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Univ., Morgantown. School of Pharmacy.