What makes continuing education effective : perspectives of community pharmacists

McNamara, Kevin, Marriott, Jennifer L. and Duncan, Gregory J. 2007, What makes continuing education effective : perspectives of community pharmacists, International journal of pharmacy practice, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 313-317.

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Title What makes continuing education effective : perspectives of community pharmacists
Author(s) McNamara, Kevin
Marriott, Jennifer L.
Duncan, Gregory J.
Journal name International journal of pharmacy practice
Volume number 15
Issue number 4
Start page 313
End page 317
Publisher Pharmaceutical Press
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007-12
ISSN 0961-7671
Summary Objective To explore how different aspects of the professional environment for Australian community pharmacists are perceived to be influencing the effectiveness of continuing education models in improving practice.

Setting Australian community pharmacy.

Methods A convenience sample of practising community pharmacists (n = 15) was recruited using the 'snowballing' technique to participate in one of four focus group teleconferences. Each focus group examined continuing education experiences from different professional perspectives and training needs (recent graduates, experienced practitioners, specialist practitioners and rural/remote practitioners).

Key findings Facilitation of professional development by accreditation bodies, and new challenges resulting from the introduction of cognitive services were seen to promote a favourable environment for continuing education engagement. Complex continuing education delivery models combined with high costs and excessive workloads made it more difficult to engage with continuing education systems or try to apply knowledge to the workplace.

Conclusion Results support findings from previous research that practice development requires a multifaceted approach with continuing education as just one component. Affordable and integrated models of continuing education are required in order to optimise efficacy for participants.
Language eng
Field of Research 111599 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007826

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Medicine
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