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The Development and Preliminary Effectiveness of a Nursing Case Management E-Learning Program


CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: July 2014 - Volume 32 - Issue 7 - p 343–352
doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000050
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The purpose of this article was to describe the development and preliminary effectiveness of a digital case management education program. The e-learning program was built through the collaboration of a nurse educator and an informatics professor. The program was then developed according to the following steps: (1) building a visual interface, (2) scripting each unit, (3) preparing the course material and assessment tests, (4) using teaching software to record audio and video courses, (5) editing the audio recordings, (6) using instructional media or hyperlinks to finalize the interactions, (7) creating the assessment and obtaining feedback, and (8) testing the overall operation. The digital program consisted of five learning modules, self-assessment questions, learning cases, sharing experiences, and learning resources. Forty nurses participated in this study and fully completed the questionnaires both before and after the program. The knowledge and confidence levels in the experimental group were significantly higher over time than those of the comparison group. The results supported the use of educational technology to provide a more flexible and effective presentation method for continuing education programs.

Author Affiliations: School of Nursing, College of Nursing (Dr Liu), and Department of Information Management (Dr Chu), National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences; and Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University and Hospital (Dr Chen), Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China.

All of the authors have made significant contributions to the article and agree with its content. W.-I.L. received a grant (NSC99-2511-S-227-005) from the National Science Council in Taiwan. For the remaining authors, none were declared.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

Corresponding author: Kuo-Chung Chu, PhD, Department of Information Management, National Taipei University of Nursing & Health Sciences, 365, Ming Te Rd, Peitou 11219, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China (

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