Spinal cord injury computer-assisted instruction for medical students

Denise I. Campagnolo, Kyle T. Stier, William Sanchez, Patrick M. Foye, Joel A. DeLisa

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


Objective: To determine if a computer-assisted instruction program would improve fourth-year medical students' knowledge base related to spinal cord injury, as determined by pretest and posttest scores. Design: A multimedia computer-assisted instruction program was developed and offered on a volunteer basis to an entire class of fourth-year medical students (n = 168). Effectiveness of the instructional content was evaluated with pretests and posttests, and overall user satisfaction with the module was assessed with the courseware evaluation. Results: The responses yielded 83 sets of completed pretest and posttest pairs and 80 sets of fully completed courseware evaluations. Mean posttest score was significantly higher than the mean pretest score (pretest, 6.65 ± 1.44, vs. posttest, 7.36 ± 1.38; df = 82, t = -4.74, P < 0.001). Courseware evaluations yielded positive ratings in all areas, including applicability and usability. Conclusions: The significantly increased posttest scores suggest that the students left the program with an expanded knowledge base in the content areas of spinal cord injury medicine covered in the computer-assisted instruction program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-319
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003


  • Computer-Assisted Instruction
  • Programmed Instruction
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


Dive into the research topics of 'Spinal cord injury computer-assisted instruction for medical students'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this