Development and Evaluation of the Online Addiction Medicine Certificate: Free Novel Program in a Canadian Setting.
|dc.contributor.author||Gorfinkel, Lauren Renee|
|dc.description||Background: 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.subject||MEDICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING||en_US|
|dc.title||Development and Evaluation of the Online Addiction Medicine Certificate: Free Novel Program in a Canadian Setting.||en_US|
|dc.type||Article In Press||en_US|
|dc.source.journaltitle||JMIR medical education|