Strong user acceptance of a Retina e-learning application in an era of increasing digitalization of medical education for ophthalmologists

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Ophthalmological. 2022 May 2. doi: 10.1159/000524667. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION: The objective was to identify the changes in continuing education in ophthalmology in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and the advance of digitization and to analyze the acceptance of online learning tools among German ophthalmologists using a new Retina Case app as an example.

METHODS: Participants’ training behavior before and during the Covid-19 pandemic was probed. Additionally, the acceptance and usability of the Retina Case application was assessed using the System Usability Scale (SUS). A possible influence of the app on daily clinical practice was assessed.

RESULTS: A total of 145 ophthalmologists participated in the survey. The frequency of continuing medical education did not decrease for 62.8% of ophthalmologists during the pandemic. A significant increase in at least monthly use of online courses or conferences was observed (90.3% vs. 28.2%, p

CONCLUSIONS: The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a significant shift in ophthalmology training behaviors towards e-learning and online courses, which has not been accompanied by a general decline in training activity. The exemplarily studied app showed high user acceptance among ophthalmologists.

PMID:35500550 | DOI: 10.1159/000524667

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