Introducing Online Continuing Education in Radiology for General Practitioners

  • Pau XibertaEmail author
  • Imma Boada
  • Santiago Thió-Henestrosa
  • Pedro Ortuño
  • Salvador Pedraza
Education & Training
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Education & Training


The aim of this study was to determine whether e-learning as a new teaching methodology was acceptable for general practitioners in continuous education courses of radiology. Generally, these courses are face-to-face with the corresponding time and place limitations. To overcome these limitations, we transformed one of these courses to an online one evaluating its acceptance. The course was about thorax radiology and it was delivered to 249 participants. The experiment was carried out in two phases: Phase 1, as a pilot testing with 12 general practitioners (G1), and Phase 2, with 149 general practitioners (G2), 12 radiologists (G3) and 76 medical residents (G4). All participants evaluated the course design, the delivering e-learning platform, and the course contents using a five-point Likert scale (satisfaction level from 1 to 5). Collected data was analysed using t, Mann-Whitney U and Kruskal-Wallis tests. In Phase 1, the rounded scores of all questions except one surpassed 3.5. In Phase 2, all the rounded scores surpassed 4.0 indicating that a total agreement on all items was achieved. All collected impressions indicate the high acceptance of the proposed methodology.


E-learning Continuing education learning Continuous medical education CME Content creation Radiology 


Funding Information

This work has been funded in part by grants from the Catalan Government (No. 2017-SGR-1101) and from the Spanish Government (No. TIN2016-75866-C3-3-R), and has been carried out as part of the BR-UdG grant (research fellowship from the Universitat de Girona).

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Conflict of interests

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graphics and Imaging LaboratoryUniversitat de GironaGironaCatalonia
  2. 2.Departament d’Informàtica, Matemàtica Aplicada i EstadísticaUniversitat de GironaGironaCatalonia
  3. 3.Department of Radiology-IDI and IDIBGIHospital Universitari Dr Josep TruetaGironaCatalonia

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