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February 18, 1998

CardiologyCoronary Heart Disease: Disease Education Series on CD-ROM Interactive Electrocardiography

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1998;279(7):557. doi:10.1001/jama.279.7.557-JBK0218-4-1

The stated objective of the CD-ROM Coronary Artery Disease is to use an organ-system approach to problem-based learning. The series proposes to integrate basic pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and diagnosis and treatment options. While this is an admirable objective, unfortunately, the program falls far short of achieving these goals and fails to fully utilize the advantages of the CD-ROM medium.

The program allows the user to choose a "Patient Education" or a "Medical Education" option. The "Medical Education" presentation has four sections: coronary anatomy, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, and diagnosis and management. "Patient Education" has eight sections: blood vessels of the heart, how arteries get blocked, preventing coronary heart disease, angina, myocardial infarction, diagnostic procedures, drug therapy, and angioplasty and surgery. The major difference is that "Patient Education" has larger print and provides less information. Both the medical and patient education formats allow addition of audio notes by the instructor, although it is unclear why one would want additional audio notes. Self-tests are provided for most sections, and an integrated notebook is included.

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