March 2007

e-Learning in Reproductive Health

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Although open access to the reproductive health (RH) literature accelerates the recognition/dissemination of the research findings, its actual effects are often controversial. e-Learning creates new and emerging paradigms in RH education like self-directed learning, limitations of which can defocus the endpoint selection in clinical and experimental trials.

Nowadays, the citation of the open-for-access (OFA) RH research papers, are gradually dominating upon the citation of fundamental not-open-for-access (NOFA) literature and solid innovative conclusions. The researchers, clinicians, and policymakers must confront the question of whether or not the OFA literature accelerates scientific advancement and knowledge translation of research into practice. Overall, the citation ethics and policy in RH research need to be enforced-catalyzing the scholarly process of bringing the evidence into the action, and helping the clinicians to act on the evidence.

Making RH Open for Access

The unique characteristics of e-Learning lies in its ability to enable a truly interactive learning environment and create communities of learners like KOALA

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