There is a dearth of data on participant experiences in virtual learning collaboratives (LCs) and participant suggestions on how this format may be improved. Treat-to-target (TTT) adherence for RA was successfully enhanced by a preceding in-person LC in rheumatology. For a study, researchers did a virtual LC on TTT, and presented the results of that survey.

In the years 2020 to 2021, they ran a virtual LC with 18 rheumatology clinics from all throughout the country. The LC featured data input and feedback, regular videoconferences, and a virtual start meeting. In addition, they polled the 45 LC participants on their unique experiences and levels of satisfaction after the session.

About 78% of participants and all sites answered the questionnaires. The responses to the LC vary in terms of their positions: 24 physicians, 5 nurses or nurse practitioners, 3 administrators, and 3 other roles. The LC also encompassed small and big practices, 14 academic and 4 nonacademic institutions. Overall, 94% of respondents stated they were somewhat or very happy with the LC, and 94% said they would suggest a colleague use a comparable LC. Kickoff meetings, intersite discussions, and monthly speakers were among the LC’s features that were deemed “very useful,” but digital resources like the website and meeting recordings weren’t.

Virtual learning communities are practical, and participants expressed great happiness. The practice staff of rheumatologists, trainees, and virtual LCs were well regarded. Future LC themes that might raise the standard of care given to rheumatic patients have been suggested.