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Title: The impact of a web-based course concerning patient education for mental health care professionals : quasi-experimental study
Authors: Laine, A
Valimaki, M 
Loyttyniemi, E
Pekurinen, V
Marttunen, M
Anttila, M
Keywords: Internet
Online education
Mental health
Continuing education
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: JMIR Publications, Inc.
Source: Journal of medical Internet research, 1 Mar. 2019, v. 21, no. 3, e11198, p. 1-17 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of medical Internet research 
Abstract: Background: Continuing education has an important role in supporting the competence of health care professionals. Although Web-based education is a growing business in various health sectors, few studies have been conducted in psychiatric settings to show its suitability in demanding work environments.
Objective: We aimed to describe the impact of a Web-based educational course to increase self-efficacy, self-esteem, and team climate of health care professionals. Possible advantages and disadvantages of the Web-based course are also described.
Methods: The study used nonrandomized, pre-post intervention design in 1 psychiatric hospital (3 wards). Health care professionals (n=33) were recruited. Self-efficacy, self-esteem, and team climate were measured at 3 assessment points (baseline, 8 weeks, and 6 months). Possible advantages and disadvantages were gathered with open-ended questions at the end of the course.
Results: Our results of this nonrandomized, pre-post intervention study showed that health care professionals (n=33) had higher self-efficacy after the course, and the difference was statistically significant (mean 30.16, SD 3.31 vs mean 31.77, SD 3.35; P=.02). On the other hand, no differences were found in the self-esteem or team climate of the health care professionals before and after the course. Health care professionals found the Web-based course useful in supporting their work and relationships with patients. The tight schedule of the Web-based course and challenges in recruiting patients to use the patient education program with health care professionals were found to be the disadvantages. Conclusions: Web-based education might be a useful tool to improve the self-efficacy of health care professionals even in demanding work environments such as psychiatric hospitals. However, more studies with robust and sufficiently powered data are still needed.
ISSN: 1439-4456
EISSN: 1438-8871
DOI: 10.2196/11198
Rights: ©Anna Laine, Maritta Välimäki, Eliisa Löyttyniemi, Virve Pekurinen, Mauri Marttunen, Minna Anttila. Originally published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (, 01.03.2019.
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The following publication Laine A, Välimäki M, Löyttyniemi E, Pekurinen V, Marttunen M, Anttila M. The Impact of a Web-Based Course Concerning Patient Education for Mental Health Care Professionals: Quasi-Experimental Study. J Med Internet Res 2019;21(3):e11198, 17 pages is available at
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