The use of videos in blended learning to enhance students’ learning in systems-based patient assessment with development of associated clinical skills: an Analysis

Authors

  • Geeta Hitch University of Hertfordshire, College Lane Campus
  • Julia Williams School of Health and Social Work University of Hertfordshire
  • Anthony Herbland School of Health and Social Work University of Hertfordshire
  • James Bowen School of Pharmacy, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane Campus & Hamad Medical Corporation Ambulance Services (Qatar)
  • Sarah Anne Jardine School of Health and Social Work University of Hertfordshire
  • Paul Power School of Health and Social Work University of Hertfordshire
  • Gary Venstone School of Health and Social Work University of Hertfordshire

Keywords:

Blended Learning, Clinical Skills, Patient Assessment, Pharmacy, Videos

Abstract

Background: Many healthcare programmes require students to learn practical skills that involve the physical assessment of patients. Videos of clinical skills can reinforce this learning .

Aim: To develop and evaluate the usefulness of video learning resources relating to clinical skills in patient assessment.

Method: Videos demonstrating approaches to patient assessment were developed to support third year pharmacy undergraduates (n=113) undertaking a module in Patient Assessment. These were evaluated as a learning resource, via a structured questionnaire and by weekly reflective diaries.

Results: Out of 85 (75%) respondents, 73% (n=62) viewed the videos as a positive supplement for learning and 79% (n=67) acknowledged these as an invaluable revision aid. Over 90% (n=77) found the videos extremely useful in the learning of communication skills.

Conclusion: Videos engage and enhance the student learning experience and may provide a sustainable resource for the support and training of teaching staff. 

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Published

07/10/2014

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Research Article