E-Learning in Newborn Health – A Paradigm Shift for Continuing Professional Development for Doctors and Nurses


Neonatal mortality can be largely prevented by wide-scale coverage of components of essential newborn care and management of sick neonates in district-level healthcare facilities. A vital step in this direction is imparting the requisite knowledge and skill among healthcare providers. Medical education programs with their static curricula seldom adapt to the changing needs of neonatal healthcare providers in patient-centered, collaborative and remote delivery contexts. E-learning is emerging as the cutting edge tool towards refinement of knowledge, attitude and practices of physicians. Module-based e-learning courses can be blended with a skill learning contact period in partnering institutions thus saving resources and rapidly covering a wide geographical region with uniform standardized education. In this review, the authors discuss their experience with e-learning aimed at introducing and refining the understanding of sick newborn care among pre-service and in-service doctors who manage neonates.

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AC: Helped in preparing the draft document and writing of the manuscript. She helped in developing contents of the course; AT: Helped in creation of contents of course, running the web based platform, conceptualised evaluation of course and helped in development of the draft and supervised the writing of the manuscript; AKD: Conceptualised the based teaching, co-ordinated the effort with other faculty and provided inputs in manuscript writing as well and did overall supervision of the contents and would be the final guarantor of the manuscript.

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Chandrasekaran, A., Thukral, A. & Deorari, A.K. E-Learning in Newborn Health – A Paradigm Shift for Continuing Professional Development for Doctors and Nurses. Indian J Pediatr 81, 1376–1380 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12098-014-1362-2

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  • E-learning
  • Newborn health
  • Education