Document Type : Original Article


1 Centre for Health Professionals Education and Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research

2 Centre for Health Professionals Education and Department of Paediatrics, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research

3 Faculty of Physiotherapy, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

4 International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia


Blended learning (BL) refers to a systematic teaching method, which combines the aspects of
face‑to‑face and online interactions using appropriate Information and Communication Technologies.
This mixed‑method systematic review (SR) protocol is developed with the objective to determine the
effectiveness and appropriateness of BL in the health‑care professional education. Mixed‑method
SR protocol: For the purpose of this SR, PICO is defined as P‑entry level graduate students of health
sciences program; I‑BL; C‑traditional face‑to‑face training; and O‑achievement of learning outcomes,
learner’s and teacher’s perception (primary). The search will be done through possible database
using predetermined search strategy. Eligible studies will be appraised independently by authors.
Joanna Briggs Institute’s mixed‑method protocol will be used to assess and synthesis the data. This
protocol is registered with the International Register of Systematic Reviews (PROSPERO) with the
registration number CRD42018082699.


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