HealthMark's NCI-Funded Online Course Earns Rave Reviews from Users

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Complementary Therapies & Cancer Care, an interactive online continuing education course, has earned rave reviews from nurses and health educators. The course is designed to provide health care providers with medically sound, evidence-based information on the use of complementary therapies by patients with cancer. Complementary Therapies & Cancer Care was developed under Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grants from the National Cancer Institute.

Complementary Therapies & Cancer Care, an interactive online continuing education course, has earned rave reviews from nurses and health educators. The course is designed to provide health care providers with medically sound, evidence-based information on the use of complementary therapies by patients with cancer. Complementary Therapies & Cancer Care was developed under Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grants from the National Cancer Institute.

Sample quotes: Love the links. Research was captured in a nutshell. Very interesting AND I'm learning.

Module 2: Complementary Therapies & Institutions: Great information.

Module 3: Complementary Therapies & the Caregiver: Excellent module.

Module 7: Nutrition, Dietary Supplements and Herbal Products: Terrific summary and review of relevant information.

Evaluation questions at the end of each module ask for scores for specific material covered as well as for general approach and style. On a five-point scale, out of the 114 available questions 44 were scored on average between a low of 3.36 to 3.93; the remaining 70 questions scored between 4 and a high of 4.57. Of particular interest are the following overall scores:

To what extent have you achieved most of the objectives of this independent study CE course?     4.08

To what extent did the objectives relate to the purpose/goals of the activity?        4.09

To what extent were the teaching method and aids appropriate and used effectively?        4.26

This interactive and innovative course was approved for 25 hours of CE credit by the Maryland Nurses Association. This accreditation provides reciprocity for nurses throughout the U.S. The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. has also approved the course for 25 CECH (Continuing Education Contact Hours).

About Complementary Therapies & Cancer Care

This interactive Web-based course uses practice-based scenarios to introduce and then assess individual topics. The multiple-choice question format tailors feedback to the users' responses. Complementary Therapies & Cancer Care enables nurses and health educators to hear and visualize real-world problems, to read text supported by reference links and key points, and then to test themselves on each interactive scenario. Research shows that practice-based learning engages professional users at their level of expertise and at their own comfortable pace.

Complementary Therapies & Cancer Care is divided into 11 modules. Health care professionals can opt for the approach or information they need: individual and institutional practice, professional and lay cancer caregivers, multicultural and multiethnic approaches to nontraditional medicine, and full discussions of the efficacy and safety of the major complementary therapies. Downloadable reference lists, practice guidelines, and assessment worksheets support and reinforce learning and applying skills and knowledge to health care practice. This multimedia approach to professional education helps nurses see and hear it, learn it, and put it into practice.

The course is designed to provide health care providers with medically sound, evidence-based information on the use of complementary therapies by patients with cancer. Complementary Therapies & Cancer Care was developed under Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grants from the National Cancer Institute.

About HealthMark Multimedia:

HealthMark Multimedia LLCâ„¢, a certified woman-owned business, combines graphics, audio, video and text to develop award-winning interactive, user-friendly software and Web sites for patient education, self-management, and decision making. HealthMark Multimedia uses an established network of medical experts, as well as patients and lay caregivers to review and test products for accuracy, relevance, and usefulness.

For further information about the company, its products, and licensing opportunities, contact HealthMark Multimedia: 1828 L Street, NW, #250, Washington, DC 20036, at http://www.HealthMarkMultimedia.com or call 202-265-0033; Fax: 202-448-6188.

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