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dc.contributor.authorGorfinkel, Lauren Renee
dc.contributor.authorGiesler, Amanda
dc.contributor.authorDong, Huiru
dc.contributor.authorWood, Evan
dc.contributor.authorFairbairn, Nadia
dc.contributor.authorKlimas, Jan
dc.date.accessioned2019-06-13T15:34:12Z
dc.date.available2019-06-13T15:34:12Z
dc.date.issued2019-05-24
dc.identifier.issn2369-3762
dc.identifier.pmid31127722
dc.identifier.doi10.2196/12474
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/624727
dc.descriptionBackground: Despite the enormous burden of disease attributable to drug and alcohol addiction, there remain major challenges in implementing evidence-based addiction care and treatment modalities. This is partly due to a persistent lack of accessible, specialized training in addiction medicine. In response, a new online certificate in addiction medicine has been established in Vancouver, Canada, free of charge to participants globally. Objectives: To evaluate and examine changes in knowledge acquisition among health care professionals before and after completion of an online certificate in addiction medicine. Methods: Learners enrolled in a 17-module certificate program and completed pre- and postknowledge tests using online multiple-choice questionnaires. Knowledge acquisition was then evaluated using a repeated measures t-test of mean test scores before and after the online course. Following certificate completion, a subset of learners completed online course evaluation form. Results: Of the total 6985 participants who registered for the online course between May 15, 2017 and February 22, 2018, 3466 (49.6%) completed the online pre-test questionnaire. A total of 1010 participants completed the full course, achieving the required 70% scores. Participants selfreported working in a broad range of health-related fields, including nursing (371), medicine (92), counselling or social work (69), community health (44), and pharmacy (34). The median graduation year was 2010 (n = 363, interquartile range 2002-2015). Knowledge of addiction medicine increased significantly post-certificate (mean difference 28.21; 95% Confidence Interval 27.32-29.10; p<0.001). Physicians scored significantly higher on the pre-test than any other health discipline (p<0.01), while the greatest improvement in scores was seen in the counselling professions (p<0.05) and community outreach (p<0.01). Conclusions: This free, online, open-access certificate in addiction medicine was found to improve knowledge of learners from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Scaling up “low threshold” learning opportunities may further advance addiction medicine training, thereby helping to narrow the evidence-to-practice gap.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjecteducation, distanceen_US
dc.subjectmedical educationen_US
dc.subjectsubstance-related disordersen_US
dc.subjectADDICTIONen_US
dc.subjectMEDICAL EDUCATION AND TRAININGen_US
dc.titleDevelopment and Evaluation of the Online Addiction Medicine Certificate: Free Novel Program in a Canadian Setting.en_US
dc.typeArticle In Pressen_US
dc.source.journaltitleJMIR medical education
refterms.dateFOA2019-06-13T15:34:13Z


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