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Teaching Basic Knowledge on Substance Use Disorders: The Impact of e-Learning on Health Professionals

  • Emilie Jouanjus
    Correspondence
    Address correspondence to: Emilie Jouanjus, PharmD, PhD, CEIP-Addictovigilance, Service de Pharmacologie Médicale et Clinique, CHU Toulouse, 37 allées Jules Guesde, 31000 Toulouse, France.
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    Centre d’Addictovigilance, Service de Pharmacologie Médicale et Clinique, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse, Toulouse, France

    INSERM UMR1027, Université Toulouse III–Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

    Faculté de Pharmacie, Université Toulouse III–Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
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  • Maryse Lapeyre-Mestre
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    Centre d’Addictovigilance, Service de Pharmacologie Médicale et Clinique, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse, Toulouse, France

    INSERM UMR1027, Université Toulouse III–Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
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  • Matthieu Nodot
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    Service d'appui à la Pédagogie SAP, Université Toulouse III–Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
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  • Anne Roussin
    Affiliations
    Centre d’Addictovigilance, Service de Pharmacologie Médicale et Clinique, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse, Toulouse, France

    INSERM UMR1027, Université Toulouse III–Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

    Faculté de Pharmacie, Université Toulouse III–Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
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  • Nicolas Franchitto
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    INSERM UMR1027, Université Toulouse III–Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

    Service d’Addictologie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse, Toulouse, France
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  • Jean-Paul Boyes
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    Réseau Addictions Midi-Pyrénées (RAMIP), Toulouse, France
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  • Nathalie Nasr
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    INSERM UMR1048, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse, Toulouse, France

    Unité de Neurologie Vasculaire, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse, Toulouse, France
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  • Stéphane Oustric
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    INSERM UMR1027, Université Toulouse III–Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

    Département Universitaire de Médecine Générale, Faculté de Médecine, Université Toulouse III–Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
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  • Julie Dupouy
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    INSERM UMR1027, Université Toulouse III–Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

    Département Universitaire de Médecine Générale, Faculté de Médecine, Université Toulouse III–Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
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      Abstract

      Purpose

      Recent evolution toward a medical perspective on patients with substance use disorders (SUDs) has led to a lack of medical training in substance abuse. To increase this knowledge, a distance learning course (“e-learning”) was implemented to teach the general concepts of SUDs to medical residents and health professionals before delivering on-campus courses. The purpose was to evaluate the impact on participants' basic knowledge.

      Methods

      The e-learning on the general concepts of SUDs was based on short voiced presentations and additional educational material. It was proposed to 2 populations: medical residents in general practice and health professionals in continuing education. All of the participants answered questionnaires before and after the distance learning course to evaluate their basic knowledge of SUDs. These questionnaires were analyzed along with a satisfaction questionnaire to assess both the acquired knowledge about SUDs and the satisfaction level.

      Findings

      Participants moved toward higher test scores independently of their initial background and for all the educational objectives targeted by the teachers. The mean progression on a 20-point scale between the pretest and posttest questionnaires was 5.48 (2.63) for health professionals and 5.90 (2.20) for residents in general practice. Satisfaction was rated 4 or 5 on a 5-point Likert scale by at least 84.2% of participants.

      Implications

      This study is the first evaluation of an online pedagogical tool on SUDs. The positive feedback from participants encourages pursuing development of this e-learning. Used before on-campus courses, it provides an attractive educational option to overcome the usual limitations of online classes.

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