Assessing the Efficacy of Logbooks in Medical Education: Insights from a Cross-Sectional Study at Public Medical College of Lahore

Authors

  • Nabila Riaz Lahore General Hospital,Lahore
  • Shahzad Naveed Jawaid Lahore General Hospital,Lahore
  • Sardar Zunair Akbar Khan Lahore General Hospital,Lahore
  • Umair Bin Nasir
  • Arooj Awais Lahore General Hospital,Lahore

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.53708/hpej.v7i1.3142

Abstract

Introduction: Logbooks are commonly used in medical education to enrich and oversee students' learning progress. Nonetheless, certain obstacles that could potentially undermine their effectiveness have been noted. This study seeks to assess the efficacy of logbooks in facilitating students' learning and pinpoint the factors that could influence their outcomes in educational settings.

Method’s: This cross-sectional quantitative study collected data from students of Public Institute of Lahore, from fourth and final year medical students coming in the surgery department Ameer ud Din Medical College, during the academic year 2021–2022.

Results: A total of 93 participants took part in the study, comprising 43 fourth-year and 50 Final-year students. The majority of both students (78.6%) viewed logbooks as beneficial for student learning. Logbooks helped students by pinpointing areas needing improvement, encouraging exposure to a variety of patient cases, and promoting deeper study of certain topics. They also improved students' writing skills. However, obstacles to effective learning from logbooks included inadequate feedback quality, a lack of opportunities for feedback discussion, and inconsistent grading.

Conclusion: Logbooks prove valuable for students' learning across various dimensions, although certain factors may hinder their effectiveness. Students tend to view logbooks more positively during their initial clinical exposure. Implementing faculty development initiatives and providing thorough supervision of students' logbook usage could enhance the efficacy of logbooks in clinical settings.

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Published

2024-06-30

How to Cite

Nabila Riaz, Shahzad Naveed Jawaid, Sardar Zunair Akbar Khan, Bin Nasir, U., & Arooj Awais. (2024). Assessing the Efficacy of Logbooks in Medical Education: Insights from a Cross-Sectional Study at Public Medical College of Lahore. Health Professions Educator Journal, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.53708/hpej.v7i1.3142