Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Online educational tools developed by Heart improve the knowledge and skills of hospital doctors in cardiology
  1. Kieran Walsh1,
  2. Isma Rafiq2,
  3. Roger Hall2
  1. 1BMJ Learning, BMJ Knowledge, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, UK
  2. 2Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, Norfolk, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Kieran Walsh
 BMJ Learning, BMJ Knowledge, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JR, UK; kmwalsh{at}


We conducted this study to find out if online learning packages in cardiology enabled users to increase their knowledge and skills. We also looked at how acceptable users found these packages. The journal Heart in association with BMJ Learning produced a series of modules on common cardiology problems. The modules involved a pre-test, a number of interactive cases and a post-test. A total of 1786 users completed these modules. Doing the modules enabled users to improve their score from the pre-test to the post-test by a significant amount (p<0.001). Feedback to the modules was very positive.

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.


  • Sources of funding: None

  • Competing interests: Kieran Walsh works for BMJ Learning, the online learning website of the BMJ. He is paid a fixed salary.