Randomized controlled trial : comparison of visual fatigue levels and test scores between computer-based and paper-based examinations of DLSHSI senior medical interns in Dasmarinas, Cavite, S.Y. 2015-2016

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Community Medicine


Fatigue, Physicians, Educational Measurement


The researchers employed a randomized controlled trial study design. All senior medical interns who graduated from DLSHSI were the sample population. They were selected using purposive sampling. Random allocation was done. No form of blinding was applied due to the nature of interventions. One group took computer-based examinations (CBE) while the other group took paper-based examinations (PBE) with the same content and format. Subjects were asked to answer the Visual Discomfort Scale questionnaire to assess visual fatigue level. Data was analysed using chi-square and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Students in the CBE group had significantly higher Visual Fatigue Level. On the other hand, there was no statistically significant difference in test scores of the two comparison groups. Visual fatigue had no significant relationship with gender and visual health status as risk factors.

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