An e-learning programme about the risk and management of QTc-prolongation in community pharmacies significantly improves pharmacists’ (long- term) knowledge


  • Eline Vandael KU Leuven, Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences
  • Els Verstuyft Scientific Information Center, Escapo C.V., 2800 Mechelen
  • Chantal Leirs Scientific Information Center, Escapo C.V., 2800 Mechelen
  • Veerle Foulon KU Leuven, Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences, 3000 Leuven


Community Pharmacies, e-Learning, QTc-Prolongation, Risk Management


Objective: To develop an e-learning programme about the risk of QTc-prolongation and to evaluate its impact on knowledge.

Methods: An e-learning programme, covering all aspects of QTc-prolongation, was developed and implemented in a Flemish pharmacy network. Pre-post knowledge tests and a satisfaction questionnaire were used to evaluate the impact.

Results: Overall, 166 pharmacists completed the e-learning, pre-post knowledge tests and satisfaction questionnaire. The median score on the knowledge test before the e-learning was 9/19 (IQR 6-11); this increased to 16/19 (IQR 15-18; p<0.001) immediately after the e-learning, and 12/19 (IQR 10-14) ten months later. The median satisfaction score was 9/10 (IQR 8-10). Most pharmacists indicated that they were more confident about their knowledge after following the training, and that this knowledge can be used in practice.

Conclusions: An e-learning about the risk of QTc-prolongation yielded high satisfaction scores among pharmacists. The training led to a significant increase in (long-term) knowledge. 

Author Biography

Eline Vandael, KU Leuven, Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences

Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy,  


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