To disseminate, educate, and validate psychiatric clinical practice guidelines, the Effectiveness of Guidelines for Dissemination and Education in Psychiatric Treatment (EGUIDE) project was launched in 2016. In this study, we investigated whether the web-based courses offered by this project would be as effective as the face-to-face courses. We analyzed and compared survey answers about overall participant satisfaction with the course and answers regarding clinical knowledge of schizophrenia and major depressive disorder between 170 participants who took the web-based courses in 2020 and 689 participants who took the face-to-face courses from 2016 to 2019. The web-based course participants completed the survey questions about satisfaction with the web-based courses. The web-based courses were conducted using a combination of web services to make it as similar as possible to the face-to-face courses. The degree of satisfaction assessed by the general evaluation of the web-based courses was higher than what was expected from the face-to-face courses. The degree of satisfaction was similar for the courses on schizophrenia and major depressive disorder. In addition, there were no significant differences in overall satisfaction and clinical knowledge between web-based and face-to-face courses. In conclusion, the web-based courses on clinical practice guidelines provided by the EGUIDE project were rated as more satisfying than the face-to-face course that the participants expected to take and no differences in the effectiveness of either course. The results suggest that, after the COVID-19 pandemic, it would be possible to disseminate this educational material more widely by adopting web-based courses additionally face-to-face courses.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health
- Pharmacology (medical)