User Behavior on the KOLEGEA Web 2.0 Platform for Postgraduate Training in Family Medicine
DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2017.0178-0182german translation / full article
Background: From 2011 to 2014, the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin and its project partners developed KOLEGEA, the first German online platform to support postgraduate training in family medicine. To describe the user behavior of the target group and to identify ways to improve the platform, we analyzed user data between September 2013 and December 2015.
Methods: User profiles description is based on an anonymous data import of: user-ID, sex, federal state, residence/city, current activity, work experience, group membership and user activities. Data imported for case analysis covered: case ID, date, question and title of the case, enrollment date of author and number of comments. Content analysis was done for of each case.
Results: Until December 2015, 298 family practitioners from all 16 federal states used the platform. 15 % gave details on their work experience, almost half of them (49 %) had up to four years of experience, thus undergoing postgraduate training. Most users were from Berlin (28 %), followed by Bavaria (16 %) and Baden-Wuerttemberg (11 %). 10 % of the platform’s users are highly active, as usually found on online platforms. 20 % of 104 cases deal with metabolic issues/nutrition/digestive system, followed by locomotor system/pain (12 %) and cardiovascular system (10 %).
Conclusions: User behavior on the KOLEGEA-Platform, the nationwide case-based web 2.0 online platform for cooperative learning in professional communities, showed good acceptance among physicians specializing in family medicine. Whether the exchange of knowledge online has an influence on individual medical practice remains an open question.