- Poster presentation
- Open Access
Usefulness of a mobile application in undergraduate critical care teaching
© Leung et al.; 2015
- Published: 1 October 2015
- Medical Student
- Critical Illness
- Mobile Application
- Final Exam
- Negative Statement
Very BASIC (VB) is a course for basic assessment and support of critically ill patients that is part of the curriculum for our final year medical school. In 2013, a new digital application for electronic handheld devices was introduced. It was designed to provide quick references and consisted of 57 topics presented in 38 PDF and 2 MP3, 8 flowcharts and 8 medical calculators.
To assess the usefulness of the application in teaching critical care medicine. We hypothesize that students will find it useful and will use it during and beyond the course.
Final year medical students were offered access and encouraged to use the application during the course. The login date, time, lesson chosen were collected over 15 months then separate into 3 periods: during the 2 weeks VB course, 34 weeks post-course and 31weeks post-medical school final exam . We used questionnaire to assess students' views on its usefulness (1 = strong disagreement to 5 = strong agreement). The scores of another written test taken at the end of the VB course were compared to that of 2012 students, who did not have access to the application. The application was not to be used during this VB test.
Summary of application logs.
No. of Students
No. of Logs
Mean No. of logs/student
During the VB Course
post-course to final exam
After medical school final exam
Student feedback questionnaire part 1
No. of replies
It is easy to use the application to find the information that I need
The Shock audio guide is a useful concise guide to the initial management
The guidelines provide comprehensive coverage of the important factual information required for the immediate care of critically ill patients
The emergency epinephrine dosages are easily accessible and the application helped me remember the right dose for different situations
The acid-base calculators helped reinforce the method for diagnosing complex acid base guidelines
The content of the application as a whole will be useful once I start working as a doctor
Student feedback questionnaire part 2.
No. of replies
The application does not run smoothly
The GCS calculator does not reinforce the components of the score
The Acute respiratory failure audio guide is not a useful concise guide to the initial management
There are critical omissions in the guidelines
The flowcharts are unlikely to help me manage critically ill patients
The content of the application as a whole is not useful in preparing me to work as a doctor
Our results show a high utilization rate of the application amongst students. The number of usage was highest during the course and remained high until the final examination. A third of students continued use it after graduation. Students found the application to be useful as a guide for managing critical illness and predicted continued usefulness beyond graduation. The use of the application did not improve written test performance but also did not lead to complacency as our study shows that many students showed the initiative to use it as a learning tool beyond the course period.
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