Using e-learning for maintenance of ALS competence

Resuscitation. 2009 Aug;80(8):903-8. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2009.06.005. Epub 2009 Jul 1.


Context: A well-suited e-learning program might be a feasible strategy to maintain competence following a resuscitation course.

Aim: This study had 2 aims: (1) to examine the effect of an e-learning program as a booster of competence acquired from an Advanced Life Support (ALS) course. (2) To identify factors related to the use of the e-learning program.

Materials and methods: The study contained two parts pertaining to the two aims. The first part was a prospective single blinded randomised controlled study on junior doctors. The intervention was the monthly use of an e-learning program during one year and effect was measured as ALS-competence, a composite of a knowledge and skills test. The second part was a telephone interview of the intervention group. An interview guide was constructed based on existing knowledge of e-learning. In order to identify factors explaining the use of e-learning a univariate correlation was used to select significant variables to be included in a multiple regression analysis.

Results: Of the 134 invited to participate, 103 accepted the invitation. There were 79/103 (77%) participants, 40/51 in the intervention group and 39/52 in the control group. There was no difference between the groups with regards to ALS competence. Only 'social interaction' was an individually significant factor influencing the use of the e-learning program.

Conclusions: This study did not demonstrate an effect of an e-learning program as a booster of competence acquired from an ALS course. The primary factor influencing the use of e-learning was the lack of social interaction.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support / education*
  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Denmark
  • Education, Distance / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Reproducibility of Results