Understanding the internet-based distance learning preferences of European respiratory specialists

Med Teach. 2006 Aug;28(5):477-9. doi: 10.1080/01421590600628498.


We studied the learning preferences of 160 respiratory specialists from four European countries who participated in ten internet-based learning modules and answered linked survey questions. Specialists were enthusiastic for internet learning amongst all national groups and particularly wanted to access material for teaching others. The value of social interactive learning was acknowledged but British and German subjects appeared more reluctant to participate. Internet delivered distance learning is well perceived amongst respiratory specialists. There is potential for both individual and group learning that could be realized by developing Europe-wide continuing professional development communities.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Choice Behavior*
  • Education, Distance* / standards
  • Education, Medical, Continuing*
  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Learning
  • Multimedia
  • Programmed Instructions as Topic
  • Pulmonary Medicine / education*