Evaluation of the effectiveness of a computer-based learning (CBL) program in diabetes management

J Med Assoc Thai. 2007 Jul;90(7):1430-4.


Objective: Evaluate the effectiveness of a computer-based program (CBL) introduced to improve the clinical and patient history taking skills of clinical pharmacists in the area of diabetes management. This program involved a self-learning approach utilizing interactive digital videos, video simulations, and audio clips.

Material and method: The present study compared the pre- and post-test results of two groups of final year pharmacy students. The study group used the CBL program and the control group was exposed to formal lectures and discussions.

Results: Eighty-three volunteers entered the present study. Forty-three were constituted into the study group, and forty acted as the control group. The overall results showed that the study group post-test scores in all basic knowledge areas were significantly higher than the control group (p = 0.001). Whereas, there was no statistical difference between groups in patient history taking skills (p = 0.645). Nevertheless, the post-test scores of SOAP writing skills in the study group were statistically higher than the control group (p = 0.001).

Conclusion: Overall, the CBL program was considered effective in the development of basic knowledge of diabetes and in the improvement of patient history taking skills.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Communication
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction*
  • Control Groups
  • Diabetes Mellitus / prevention & control*
  • Education, Pharmacy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Medical History Taking
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Program Evaluation*
  • Self-Evaluation Programs*
  • Software
  • Students, Pharmacy
  • Thailand