Title VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR RATIONAL DRUG USE
Project Number 2008-1-TR1-LEO05-03140
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
It has become compulsory to ensure a more effective and efficient rational drug use in terms of the cost and due to the gradually increase of inaccurate and unnecessary use of drugs which is a serious problem all around in order to eliminate the problems accordingly.
In this direction, “Rational Drug Use” practices were introduced by the World Health Organization. The distance learning method which appears to be the only instance for rational drug use and regarding the concern of limited time and work responsibilities of physicians, it will be a significant milestone considering our country’s evidence based medicine practices and in terms of “Rational Drug Use”.
Countries that demand to give education related to rational drugs will be able to give an effective and efficient “Rational Drug Use” training to all their physicians by means of a distance education method without ant time constraint and at a low cost by transferring this project to their countries.
Ineffective, inaccurate and unnecessary use of medicines has been inclined to increase in delivery of health care services in our country. Irrational use of medicines, which is increasingly becoming a world-wide problem, needs to be handled more carefully due to the increase in both health problems and costs. Physicians’ consciousness and responsibility for evidence-based and cost-effective prescription should be emphasized; physicians should be regularly informed on technology-based new treatment methods, new medicines and evidence-based medicine and necessary incentives should be enabled. In this context, the capacity of physicians should be promoted by raising their awareness in “rational drug use” and “evidence-based medicine”.
In the scope of the Project, it is targeted to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes for rational use of drugs through training modules of virtual learning environment by physicians who are assigned in Ankara Provincial Health Directorate as the first step and to generalize these trainings in the country with the Ministry of Health as the second step in long- term.
The partners of the proposed project have enough capacity and skills for achieving the project. Each partner was selected for a specific part of the project and has balanced responsibility. Especially, our partner of transferred project has very large experiences and skills in the virtual learning environment and it will be our guide. We selected the Ankara Provincial Health Directorate for strong dissemination. This is very big potential to reach more people for our proposed project. Other abroad partners will be the internal evaluators of the project. Scientists Solidarity Association and School of Public Health will give the support of the content of the education with the support of an academician group. So, as a whole, all the legs of the projects for achieving the project are ready and enough.
By this project, we will develop virtual learning environment modules, rational drug use education curriculum, web-site and certification system.
In short term impact, Physicians consisting target group will acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes for Rational Use of Drugs. In long term impact, inneffective, inaccurate and unnecessary use of medicines will be diminished directly and evidence-based and cost-effective prescription rates will be increased. It will impede the efforts to include rational use of drugs lectures in curriculums of faculties of medicine.
Description Within the scope of Rational Drug Use studies physicians who have major responsibilities in health care and pharmaceuticals will be trained via the distance training method based on “Rational Drug Use” with the realization of this project. Thus, it is expected that primary working care doctors will gain knowledge, skills and attitudes related to drug use. The project duration is 24 months which has started on 01.11.2008 and will end on 31.10.2010. This project is carried out by totally five partners who of two are domestic and the other three are foreign.
Open and distance learning
Human Health and Social Work Activities
open and distance learning
A virtual learning environment will be created with this project for rational drug use. Educational curricula and training modules will be prepared and educational modules will be transferred to electronic media.
A web page will be prepared for the project
Brochures, leaflets and booklets will be prepared
The target group of physicians consisting of project partner countries will be trained
All primary care serving physicians of our country will be trained
Those who successfully complete training will be given a certificate.