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EuropePMC; 2022.
Preprint in English | EuropePMC | ID: ppcovidwho-332492


Background: During the current era of SARS-CoV-2, lockdown and physical distancing have compelled the use of digital education at all levels. None of the studies in India has reviewed the acceptance and effects of digital education of homoeopathy curriculum in the country. The objectives of the study were to assess the effectiveness, acceptance, challenges and gender-specific attitude towards online education in homoeopathy in India. Methods: This was a multicentric, cross-sectional study involving students and teachers of four homoeopathic colleges in India using survey questionnaires (December 2021- January 2022). Descriptive analysis was carried out for each study outcome (categorized for teachers, students and between the genders). Results: Students appreciated the quality of interaction, accessibility, and involvement in classes, quality of teaching and learning, feeling of comfort;while teachers raised concern about the quality of interactions and involvement in class. Though the majority supported online mode considering time flexibility, time-saving, cost-effectiveness, regularity of classes, ability to complete syllabus, many did not consider it as a good alternative academic platform for the future. Blended or hybrid learning was the most preferred mode to balance theory and clinical classes. Gender wise statistical analysis showed significant gender-specific trends and attitudes where males had a better approach towards this online education. Conclusion: Despite acceptance in general of online mode of education, there were significant differences in attitudes of students, teachers and gender-specificity towards it. During the crisis period, the majority of the homoeopathic fraternity of India preferred the hybrid or blended method.