Project details / HIV Treat’n Care[e]Education online in China

About this project

In the second half of 2015, Health[e]Foundation started the first pilot project in China: offering the HIV[e]Education and Treat’n Care[e]Education course in an online group learning format. In 2016 and 2017, two further groups followed the courses. In this project, we used online group learning to reach healthcare workers from areas that were geographically distant from major cities.

The program started with a webinar to kick-off the course. After the webinar, participants received an online clinical case and AIDS Attitude Scale to test their clinical knowledge and attitude towards patients living with HIV/AIDS. After they had submitted the forms, they received their personal accounts for the e-learning course and their self-study period started. When participants passed all of the post-tests of the e-learning course, they had to submit the online clinical case and AIDS Attitude Scale again to test how their knowledge and attitudes had improved and they received the certificate. For every group, an extensive evaluation was conducted; the learning methods were changed, based on the needs of the participants. In the pilot and second group, a kick-off and follow-up webinar were given; whereas only a kick-off webinar was used in the last group, but local support was intensified.

During the self-study period, participants were encouraged to interact with peers and to seek e-tutor support via their personalized e-learning account and email. The project coordinators from the Chinese Association for STD and AIDS Prevention and Control (CASA) motivated and guided the participants via telephone contact and WeChat groups. The WeChat groups were organized to stimulate interaction between the participants and for the partners to send updates about the course and reminders of deadlines.

Who is this project for

Medical doctors, nurses and public health staff.

Aim of the project

The overall aim of the project is to improve the quality of care given to HIV/AIDS patients. The project aims to update healthcare workers about all aspects involved in the prevention of HIV and the care and treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS. It will support the healthcare workers to independently test people for HIV; diagnose HIV infection; counsel HIV positive people; and prescribe antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV. They will become more knowledgeable and promote the continuum of care. They will become more aware of mental health problems, stigma and discrimination that can disrupt the continuity of care for HIV infected persons. Furthermore, the healthcare workers are stimulated to share their knowledge with their colleagues; and to network with the other healthcare workers in the group.

Project activities

  • Webinars
  • E-learning course: HIV[e]Education and Treat’n Care[e]Education

Organization and partners

In this project, we collaborated with the Chinese Association for STD and AIDS Prevention and Control (CASA), who arranged the recruitment of participants, provided support during the e-learning period and motivated the participants.

Results of the project

In total, 98 participants successfully completed the training. The average knowledge increase for all modules was 13%. The amount of good answers in the clinical case increased by 16%. The outcomes of the evaluation forms concluded that the participants were very positive about the course. One of the challenges was the level of English of the participants, which was lower than expected. It has been suggested that the e-learning modules should be translated into Chinese. If the participants are carefully selected so that they fit the target group and are aware of the discipline and motivation needed to complete a self-study course, this project showed that online group learning is a very effective method to train healthcare workers.

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2015 - 2017

Target group

Medical doctors and nurses

Course / service

HIV[e]Education course & Treat’n Care[e]Education course

Learning method

Online group learning

Financed by

Janssen, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson&Johnson


Chinese Association for STD and AIDS Prevention and Control (CASA)

Project Manager Myrna Derksen