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eLearning (defined as asynchronous/synchronous online learning delivered via the internet, either used on a stand-alone basis or using blended learning design) presents a significant opportunity to provide a scalable and cost-effective means of delivering of health education in contrast to one-time delivery of face to face instruction. Economic evaluation makes use of implementation costs for the basis of comparative analysis of cost value determination between different intervention types. Although there exist models for the calculation of costs in standard education programmes, eLearning is a different implementation design than face to face instruction because the initial effort is concentrated on the construction of intervention before implementation and the factors which influence their production require iteration and refinement. Understanding these iterations and their impact on cost is vital in order to develop a strong evidence base on the total cost of implementation of eLearning.


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