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Using Online Continuing Education to Translate Bone Health Research Into Practice

Using Online Continuing Education to Translate Bone Health Research Into Practice

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  • Thank you. My presentation today describes a pilot project we developed at the Dairy Council of California offering an online course to health professionals. The topic that we selected was Translating Bone Health Research into practice. I will take the next few minutes to describe our project and the outcomes.

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  • Using Online Continuing Education to Translate Bone Health Research Into Practice Maureen Bligh, MA, RD FNCE October 26, 2008
  • Background
    • Characteristics of adult learners
      • Prefer problem-centered learning
      • Prefer to manage their own learning
      • Have varied learning styles
    • Age, education level and profession do not affect effectiveness and acceptance of online education
      • Effective form of learning
      • Time efficient
      • J Am Diet Assoc . 2007; 107 :1333–1338
  • Purpose
    • Pilot an online CE course – target audience RDs and Fitness Professionals
    • Course topic to be developed: Bone Health for Children and Adolescents: Implications for Client Counseling
  • Procedure
    • Review other online courses and identify “best practices”
    • Determine best format for the course
    • Select a CE course provider
    • Develop course content
    • Contact “guest speakers”
    • Purchase software and microphones
    • Add graphics and audio
    • Launch and market the course
  • Outcome
    • The course resides on the Dairy Council of California website:
      • http://www.dairycouncilofca.org/HealthProfessionals/BoneHealthCourse/BH_online.aspx
    • The course includes two components:
      • 30 minute narrated slide presentation
      • PDF handout
        • Background research
        • Client assessment tool
        • Client education tools
        • Additional resources
        • Bibliography
      • The CE provider is Nutrition Dimension – Free to read, $35 for 3 CE credits
  • The following are some sample slides from the course
  • Bone Health in Children
    • Fracture incidence in children has increased
    • Boys today are 32% more likely to break a bone than their parents were
    • Girls are 56% more likely to break a bone than their parents were
    Khosla S et al. JAMA 2003;17;290(11):1479-85
  • Laura Bacharach, MD
    • The rise in fractures in otherwise healthy children in past 4 decades reflects unhealthy changes in lifestyle.
  • Risk Factors for Fracture
    • Inadequate bone mass
    • Early age of first fracture
    • Avoidance of cow’s milk
    • Low dietary calcium intakes
    • Lack of physical activity
    • Overweight and obesity
    Goulding et al. J Bone Miner Res 2005;20(12):2090-6
  • Marketing
    • Nutrition Dimension sent email announcing the course to 26,000 RD/DTR from their database
    • Dairy Council of California emailed 2,500 health professionals from our website
    • Placed notices in several CDA district newsletters
    • Post card included in Health Connections newsletter
    • Incentive: We offered the first 100 for free - very successful in generating interest
  • Results
  • Comments
    • “I really liked the slide format. Very easy to listen to and kept my attention better than reading the whole time. Really enjoyed the course. I will be able to use a lot of the information in my practice.”
    • “I really liked taking courses online for my CE. I actually thought the courses (I took three) were much better than sitting in a meeting room all day.”
  • Comments
    • “This is the first online course I have taken. I have been apprehensive about not having a course book. I loved this one. The lecture was clearly presented and I could repeat for any point that I was not quite clear on. Thanks for the education!”
  • Challenges
    • Developmental software was not as user friendly as we had hoped
    • Program loads slowly on the website
    • Creating audio files with guest speakers was challenging due to different computer settings and platforms
  • Conclusions
    • This pilot project indicated that online CE course can be:
    • Cost-effective for the user
    • Positive user experience
    • Offers course over an extended period of time (course duration - 2 years)
    • Can update course information when new research becomes available
  • Next Steps
    • Continued marketing of bone health course to targeted audiences
      • Through routine Dairy Council of California health professional marketing
      • To appear in Nutrition Dimension catalog mailed in January 2009
      • Nutrition Dimension to market to fitness professionals
    • We will be adding another course to our website next year integrating what we have learned from this pilot program
  • Thank You
    • Maureen Bligh, MA, RD
    • [email_address]