The utility of e-Learning to support training for a multicentre bladder online adaptive radiotherapy trial (TROG 10.01-BOLART) - Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: An e-Learning programme appeared useful for providing training and information regarding a multi-centre image guided radiotherapy trial.

The aim of this study is to demonstrate the utility of this e-Learning programme.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Modules were created on relevant pelvic anatomy, Cone Beam CT soft tissue recognition and trial details. Radiation therapist participants' knowledge and confidence were evaluated before, at the end of, and after at least 6weeks of e-Learning (long term).

RESULTS: One hundred and eighty-five participants were recruited from 12 centres, with 118 in the first, and 67 in the second cohort. One hundred and forty-six participants had two tests (pre and post e-Learning) and 39 of these had three tests (pre, post, and long term). There was an increase confidence after completion of modules (p< 0.001). The first cohort pre scores increased from 67±11 to 79±8 (p< 0.001) post. The long term same question score was 73±14 (p=0.025, comparing to pre-test), and different questions' score was 77±13 (p=0.014). In the second cohort, pre-test scores were 64±10, post-test same question score 78±9 (p< 0.001) and different questions' score 81±11 (p< 0.001).

CONCLUSIONS: e-Learning for a multi-centre clinical trial was feasible and improved confidence and knowledge.

Written by:
Foroudi F, Pham D, Bressel M, Tongs D, Rolfo A, Styles C, Gill S, Kron T.   Are you the author?
Division of Radiation Oncology and Cancer Imaging, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia.

Reference: Radiother Oncol. 2012 Nov 22. pii: S0167-8140(12)00476-8.
doi: 10.1016/j.radonc.2012.10.019

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PMID: 23182055 Urology-Training & Practice Section