An e-Problem-Based Learning Program for Infection Control in Nursing Homes: A Quasi-Experimental Study

Young Rim Choi, Ye Na Lee, Dayeong Kim, Won Hee Park, Dai Young Kwon, Sung Ok Chang

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Infection is a significant factor adversely affecting the health of nursing home (NH) residents, potentially even leading to death. Therefore, educating NH staff to think critically is necessary to prevent and control infection. In this study, we developed an electronic problem-based learning (e-PBL) program using the Network-Based Instructional System Design model to enhance South Korean NH staff’s critical thinking competencies; subsequently, its effectiveness was evaluated. This study utilized a quasi-experimental nonequivalent pretest–post-test design. The participants (n = 54) were randomly allocated into an experimental group (n = 28) and a control group (n = 26). The results indicate that the e-PBL program significantly improved the critical thinking disposition in the experimental group compared with in the control group.

Original languageEnglish
Article number13371
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Oct

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea, funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology [NRF-2019R1A2C1086122, NRF-2022R1A2C1004542].

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© 2022 by the authors.


  • critical thinking
  • e-PBL
  • education
  • infection
  • nursing homes
  • nursing staff

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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