TABLE A-2 Literature Review on the Effectiveness of CE Methods


Study Purpose

Sample, Method, Outcome Measures, and Duration

Experiential and Self-Directed Learning

East, D., and K. Jacoby. 2005. The effect of a nursing staff education program on compliance with central line care policy in the cardiac intensive care unit. Pediatric Nursing 31(3):182-184.

Demonstrate the effectiveness of a self-study education module on nurse compliance with central line care policy

Sample: 20 registered nurses (RNs) in a 12-bed pediatric cardiovascular intensive care unit

Method: Quasi-experimental cohort study with pre- and post-test design

Outcome measures: Compliance with 10 central line policies; intravenous (IV) line audit tool used to collect data on 47 patients pre-and post-intervention

Duration: 7 months

Hewson, M. G., H. L. Copeland, E. Mascha, S. Arrigain, E. Topol, and J. E. Fox. 2006. Integrative medicine: Implementation and evaluation of a professional development program using experiential learning and conceptual change teaching approaches. Patient Education & Counseling 62(1):5-12.

Raise physicians’ awareness of, and initiate attitudinal changes toward, integrative medicine through a professional development program involving experiential learning

Sample: 48 cardiologists at an academic medical center

Method: Randomized controlled trial

  • Experimental group: participation in intervention

  • Control group: no intervention

Outcome measure: Self-reported knowledge, attitudes, likelihood of changing practice, and satisfaction

Duration: 8 hours

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