Problem-based learning makes a difference. But why?

Norman, Geoffrey
January 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;1/1/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 1, p61
Academic Journal
Commentaries on the article "The effects of problem-based learning during medical school on physician competency: A systematic review," by G.C.H. Koh and colleagues. The study provides a significant contribution because the authors systematically reviewed all of the studies in medicine linking problem-based learning to outcomes. The researchers' greater appreciation for the cultural aspect of care as well as legal and ethical issues are described. One concern with the study by Koh and colleagues is that their designation of strength of evidence was based on replication and study quality.


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