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Acta Paulista de Enfermagem

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ALVAREZ, Ana Graziela  and  DAL SASSO, Grace Teresinha Marcon. Virtual learning objects: contributions to the learning process in health and nursing. Acta paul. enferm. [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.5, pp.707-711. ISSN 0103-2100.

OBJECTIVE: To highlight the contributions of the application of Virtual Learning Objects (OVAs) for the learning process in health and nursing. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted using the databases of PubMed / MEDLINE, Scopus, CINAHL and ISI Web of Knowledge. We analyzed 13 studies, published in the English language, for the period of 2004 to 2008. RESULTS: The predominate research about OVAs was developed with a focus on patients (50%), students (38.4%) and healthcare professionals (7.1%). With regard to the levels of evidence, 30.8% of the studies were classified as level II and level III-1, respectively, and 30.4% were level IV. CONCLUSION: The OVAs have contributed significantly to the increase in knowledge and learning in patients, students and caregivers, providing a promising perspective for education in health and nursing.

Keywords : Nursing; Learning; Nursing informatics; Educational technology; Computer simulation.

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