Virtual cities as content environments in a family health post-graduate programme

Alessandra Dahmer, Rodrigo Alves Tubelo, Luciana Boose Pinheiro, Marcia Rosa da Costa, Maria Eugênia Bresolin Pinto.


Background: The aim of this study is to describe the creation of virtual cities targeted at the education of Primary Health Care (PHC) health professionals and to identify how many of these professionals were committed to the courses in which virtual cities were used as a teaching method.

Materials and Methods: The creation process followed these steps: Designing Cities Workshop, Creating Clinical Cases, Describing the Health System, Describing Socio-demographic Factors and Culture, and 3D Modelling.

Results: Thus far, the use of this method resulted in the creation of three fictional cities in the South, North, and Northeast Regions of Brazil. Of the 1,015 students who took the course, 624 (61.5%) have graduated.

Conclusions: The virtual cities designed for this purpose are applicable to the education of PHC health professionals.

Publicado em Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and Health, 2016.

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