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Future Internet 2019, 11(1), 6; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi11010006

A Framework for Improving the Engagement of Medical Practitioners in an E-Training Platform for Tuberculosis Care and Prevention

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Mercy Corps, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan
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Department, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, 4900-367 Viana do Castelo, Portugal
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Moray College, University of the Highlands and Islands, Elgin IV30 1JJ, UK
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ARC4DigiT–Applied Research Center for Digital Transformation, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, 4900-367 Viana do Castelo, Portugal
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Received: 26 November 2018 / Revised: 11 December 2018 / Accepted: 20 December 2018 / Published: 28 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Advances in E-Health)
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Abstract

We propose a new framework to improve the engagement of medical practitioners in a planned e-training platform for the successful identification and effective management of presumptive cases of tuberculosis (TB) in Pakistan. Our work is aligned with the World Health Organization’s TB-DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment Short-course) strategy for promoting the effective management of tuberculosis. We start by presenting previous work done at Mercy Corps Pakistan for training medical practitioners, then present the results of a recent survey we administered to a random sample of medical practitioners in Pakistan to learn about their requirements and readiness to embrace a new e-training platform and methodology. Informed by feedback from the survey, we formulated a detailed requirement analysis of the five key learning areas (or phases) that we believe are fundamental to the success of a TB e-training platform. Moreover, survey results revealed that an on-spot, on-demand, and competency-based learning tool can potentially improve the engagement of medical practitioners in the process. Building on the insights gained from the survey, we finally describe our initial UX (user experience) prototypes for phase 1, which corresponds to the identification of presumptive tuberculosis cases. View Full-Text
Keywords: health promotion; tuberculosis; e-training platform health promotion; tuberculosis; e-training platform
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Ali, S.M.; Curralo, A.F.; Boulos, M.N.K.; Paiva, S. A Framework for Improving the Engagement of Medical Practitioners in an E-Training Platform for Tuberculosis Care and Prevention. Future Internet 2019, 11, 6.

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