The use of videos in blended learning to enhance students' learning in systems-based patient assessment with development of associated clinical skills : an analysis
Jardine, Sarah Anne
Background: Many healthcare programmes require students to learn practical skills that involve the physical assessment of patients. Videos of clinical skills can reinforce this learning . Aim: To develop and evaluate the usefulness of video learning resources relating to clinical skills in patient assessment. Method: Videos demonstrating approaches to patient assessment were developed to support third year pharmacy undergraduates (n=113) undertaking a module in Patient Assessment. These were evaluated as a learning resource, via a structured questionnaire and by weekly reflective diaries. Results: Out of 85 (75%) respondents, 73% (n=62) viewed the videos as a positive supplement for learning and 79% (n=67) acknowledged these as an invaluable revision aid. Over 90% (n=77) found the videos extremely useful in the learning of communication skills. Conclusion: Videos engage and enhance the student learning experience and may provide a sustainable resource for the support and training of teaching staff.