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Quality Appraisal and Assurance Techniques for Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAM) Resources: A Rapid Review.
Semin Nephrol. 2020 May; 40(3):309-319.SN

Abstract

Free open access medical education (FOAM) has disrupted traditional modes of knowledge translation and dissemination. These are popular resources with a wide educational reach. Nephrology has been a leader in FOAM, but many skeptics still question the accuracy and reliability of this content. Recently, quality-assurance techniques have been developed to address these concerns. These techniques may be helpful for readers to appraise the online literature and for institutions to reward the production of high-quality open educational resources. We performed a rapid review of the literature. A medical librarian conducted a systematic search of the Medline and Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature databases. Two independent assessors screened and selected articles, performed a hand-search of reference lists, and scored articles on their quality using the Medical Education Research Study Quality Instrument. Thirteen reports were included for the final descriptive analysis. We identified 10 quality-assessment techniques, and 4 of them having been validated. The quality of the reports was fairly high, with an average Medical Education Research Study Quality Instrument score of 11.5 of 18 (SD, 2.3; range, 7.25-14.25). The calculated Cronbach α was 0.85. There is burgeoning literature on the topic of critical appraisal of open educational resources, and, more specifically, FOAM resources. Many of the techniques used are of varying quality and developed with different intended uses and audiences. By continuing to refine these tools, we can continue not only to support and legitimize the FOAM movement, but also foster individual critical appraisal skills that increasingly are necessary in this age of information.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.Department of Emergency Medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada.Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, Western University, London, ON, Canada; Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Department of Paediatrics, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada.Interior Health, Royal Inland Hospital Library, Kamloops, BC, Canada.Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada.Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada; Department of Emergency Medicine, Hamilton General Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences Centre, Hamilton, ON, Canada; Program for Faculty Development, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada; McMaster Education Research, Innovation, and Theory Program (MERIT), McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada. Electronic address: teresa.chan@medportal.ca.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32560781

Citation

Ting, Daniel K., et al. "Quality Appraisal and Assurance Techniques for Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAM) Resources: a Rapid Review." Seminars in Nephrology, vol. 40, no. 3, 2020, pp. 309-319.
Ting DK, Boreskie P, Luckett-Gatopoulos S, et al. Quality Appraisal and Assurance Techniques for Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAM) Resources: A Rapid Review. Semin Nephrol. 2020;40(3):309-319.
Ting, D. K., Boreskie, P., Luckett-Gatopoulos, S., Gysel, L., Lanktree, M. B., & Chan, T. M. (2020). Quality Appraisal and Assurance Techniques for Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAM) Resources: A Rapid Review. Seminars in Nephrology, 40(3), 309-319. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.semnephrol.2020.04.011
Ting DK, et al. Quality Appraisal and Assurance Techniques for Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAM) Resources: a Rapid Review. Semin Nephrol. 2020;40(3):309-319. PubMed PMID: 32560781.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Quality Appraisal and Assurance Techniques for Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAM) Resources: A Rapid Review. AU - Ting,Daniel K, AU - Boreskie,Patrick, AU - Luckett-Gatopoulos,S, AU - Gysel,Lisa, AU - Lanktree,Matthew B, AU - Chan,Teresa M, PY - 2020/6/21/entrez PY - 2020/6/21/pubmed PY - 2020/6/21/medline KW - Free open access medical education KW - health care quality assurance KW - medical education KW - quality control KW - social media KW - systematic review SP - 309 EP - 319 JF - Seminars in nephrology JO - Semin. Nephrol. VL - 40 IS - 3 N2 - Free open access medical education (FOAM) has disrupted traditional modes of knowledge translation and dissemination. These are popular resources with a wide educational reach. Nephrology has been a leader in FOAM, but many skeptics still question the accuracy and reliability of this content. Recently, quality-assurance techniques have been developed to address these concerns. These techniques may be helpful for readers to appraise the online literature and for institutions to reward the production of high-quality open educational resources. We performed a rapid review of the literature. A medical librarian conducted a systematic search of the Medline and Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature databases. Two independent assessors screened and selected articles, performed a hand-search of reference lists, and scored articles on their quality using the Medical Education Research Study Quality Instrument. Thirteen reports were included for the final descriptive analysis. We identified 10 quality-assessment techniques, and 4 of them having been validated. The quality of the reports was fairly high, with an average Medical Education Research Study Quality Instrument score of 11.5 of 18 (SD, 2.3; range, 7.25-14.25). The calculated Cronbach α was 0.85. There is burgeoning literature on the topic of critical appraisal of open educational resources, and, more specifically, FOAM resources. Many of the techniques used are of varying quality and developed with different intended uses and audiences. By continuing to refine these tools, we can continue not only to support and legitimize the FOAM movement, but also foster individual critical appraisal skills that increasingly are necessary in this age of information. SN - 1558-4488 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32560781/Quality_Appraisal_and_Assurance_Techniques_for_Free_Open_Access_Medical_Education_(FOAM)_Resources:_A_Rapid_Review L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0270-9295(20)30052-8 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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