Fox Learning Systems

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Fox Learning Systems
Industry Elder Care
Founded Fox Farsight - Sept. 8, 1997[1]
Fox Learning Systems - 2003
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Products E-Learning, Video Production
Slogan Real Life, Real Learning

Fox Learning Systems is an American e-learning and multimedia training company.


Debra Fox is a former news anchor for WTAE-TV, the Pittsburgh ABC affiliate. She founded Fox Learning Systems after witnessing the training problems plaguing the long term care industry.[2] "If you do training well enough, people will learn," said Fox in an interview with Seton Hill University's E-Magnify journal.[3] She has won numerous awards for her work with Fox Learning Systems. She also publishes a blog related to the elder care industry [4][5][6]


Fox Learning Systems has conducted and participated in numerous studies related to psychiatric learning and elder care. The National Institute of Health as well as the National Institute of Mental Health has awarded grants to Fox Learning Systems to study a variety of aspects in the eldercare field.[7] For example, in 2002 the National Institute of Health awarded $566,000 to Fox Learning Systems for two research grants.[8]

  • In 2002, Fox Learning Systems conducted a 6-month randomized experiment comparing computer-based and lecture-based learning for nursing-home staff education. This study was conducted to find if interactive multimedia training would be feasible for compliance training in nursing homes.[9]
  • In 2003, Fox Learning Systems provided the educational component of a study to improve quality of care and quality of life in nursing homes. Pressure ulcers were dramatically reduced. In addition, using the animation, the nursing staff learned to identify early stage pressure ulcers in different skin tones. Prior to this study, African-American nursing home residents with one pressure ulcer were likely to have multiple ulcers whereas this was not the case for Caucasian residents. After the education, no one, white or black, had more than a single pressure ulcer.[10][11][12]
  • In 2003 Fox Learning Systems conducted a study on how computer based education should be presented to families faced with the decision of a nursing home.[13]
  • In 2004 Fox Learning Systems conducted a study based on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale to see if actors could effectively portray depressed patients. Their findings have been published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.[14][15] Through this study Fox Learning System launched a learning system that can be used to train research raters.[16]
  • In 2005, Drs. Eric Lenze of Washington University in St. Louis and colleagues conducted a study to determine if stroke victims could identify their own risk factors for stroke after completing inpatient physical rehabilitation. Surprisingly, the majority of patients were unaware of their own risk factors and therefore were not in a position to change any lifestyle patterns that would reduce risk of a subsequent stroke. Dr. Lenze and his colleagues approached Fox Learning Systems, Inc with the challenge of developing an adaptive learning educational tool that stroke victims would be able to use with the computer compensating for specific neurological deficits. [17][18]
  • In 2005, Fox Learning Systems conducted an NIH funded study dealing with Electroconvulsive therapy. They produced an Interactive video to simplify and provide patient information on ECT.[19]
  • In 2008, Fox Learning Systems started phase two of their "Web Based Training for Families of Longterm Care". This seeks to assess family satisfaction, involvement, complaints, resident quality care and quality of life".[20]
  • In 2008, Fox Learning Systems started phase two of the NIH funded "Do Clinical Rehabilitation Education Programs Really Improve Stroke-Related Knowledge?". This is currently in the early stages of development with a time table of 3 years to completion.[21]


Fox Learning Systems develops web based e-learning training. The company has a focus on elder care but has created learning content for other medical related fields. Fox Learning Systems bases its training through a hybrid of multimedia and video presentations. Their programs are broken down into chapters after which a multimedia test is given and tracked on a Learning Management System. The tracking is reported to staff and managers to see if employees maintain the education and skills to remain compliant.


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  2. ^ Gannon, Joyce (2000-11-10). "Former TV reporter now appears in training videos she produces". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  3. ^ Young, Julie M. (September 2004). "Debra Fox: Fox Learning Systems. Making Employee Training Stick". E-Magnify. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
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  5. ^ List of 2004 Recipients for 50 Best Women in Business (Word Document) [1]
  6. ^ American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Recognizes Outstanding Leaders in the Field
  7. ^ "NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool". Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  8. ^ "NIH Awards to All Institutions by Rank - Fiscal Year 2002". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Jules Rosen, MD, Benoit H. Mulsant, MD, Marcia Kollar, MSN, CSb, Kari B. Kastango, MS, Sati Mazumdar, PhD, Debra Fox, MA, 'Mental Health Training for Nursing Home Staff Using Computer-Based Interactive Video: A 6-Month Randomized Trial', Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. Volume 3, Issue 5, Pages 291-296 (September 2002)[2]
  10. ^ Mittal, Vikas. 'Joint Study Combines Best Practices from Business Care to Combat a Top Health Care Threat for Patients in Nursing Home Facilities', Katz Quiz, Americas Weekly Business Quiz. University of Pittsburgh School of Business. [3]
  11. ^ Rosen, J., et al. Ability, Incentives, and Management Feedback: Organizational Change to Reduce Pressure Ulcers in a Nursing Home], Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, v7 i3, pp 141-146 (March 2006) [4]
  12. ^ Advances in Skin & Wound Care. 19(5):262-269, June 2006. Rosen, Jules MD; Mittal, Vikas PhD; Degenholtz, Howard PhD; Castle, Nick PhD; Mulsant, Benoit H. MD; Nace, David MD; Rubin, Fred H. MD [5]
  13. ^ Jules Rosen, MD, Vikas Mittal, PhD, Benoit H. Mulsant, MD, Howard Degenholtz, PhD, Nicholas Castle, PhD, Debra Fox. 'Educating the Families of Nursing Home Residents: A Pilot Study Using a Computer-based System', Journal of American Medical Directors. Volume 4, Issue 3, Pages 128-134 (May 2003) [6]
  14. ^ Jules Rosen, M.D., Benoit H. Mulsant, M.D., Martha L. Bruce, Ph.D., Vikas Mittal, Ph.D., and Debra Fox, M.A.,'Actors’ Portrayals of Depression to Test Interrater Reliability in Clinical Trials', American Journal of Psychiatry. [7]
  15. ^ Joan Arehart-Treichel, 'In Medicine, All the World May Be a Stage', Psychiatric News October 15, 2004 Volume 39 Number 20. [8]
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  17. ^ Skidmore, Elizabeth R. PhD, OTR/L; Koenig, Kris L. MBA; Munin, Michael C. MD; Whyte, Ellen M. MD; O'Donnell, Lynn RN, CRRN; Penrod, Louis MD; Lenze, Eric J. MD, 'Do Clinical Rehabilitation Education Programs Really Improve Stroke-Related Knowledge?', American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 87(8):637-641, August 2008. [9]
  18. ^ Fox Learning Systems Inc, All NIH Grants FY2005 (Excel Spreadsheet) [10]
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  21. ^ Skidmore, Elizabeth R. PhD, OTR/L; Koenig, Kris L. MBA; Munin, Michael C. MD; Whyte, Ellen M. MD; O'Donnell, Lynn RN, CRRN; Penrod, Louis MD; Lenze, Eric J. MD, 'Do Clinical Rehabilitation Education Programs Really Improve Stroke-Related Knowledge', American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 87(8):637-641, August 2008 [11]

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