Barriers to pharmacist participation in continuing education in Australia

Marriott, Jennifer L., Duncan, Gregory J. and McNamara, Kevin 2007, Barriers to pharmacist participation in continuing education in Australia, Pharmacy education, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 11-17.


Title Barriers to pharmacist participation in continuing education in Australia
Author(s) Marriott, Jennifer L.
Duncan, Gregory J.
McNamara, Kevin
Journal name Pharmacy education
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Start page 11
End page 17
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007-03
ISSN 1560-2214
1477-2701
Keyword(s) barriers
continuing education
pharmacist
Summary Background: The pharmacy profession recognises of the need for continuing education (CE), however, the rate of participation in organised CE remains low. Little is known about the reasons for low participation rates in CE, particularly in the Australian context. Aim: This research aimed to identify the barriers to participation of Australian pharmacists in CE. Method: Focus groups were held with Australian community pharmacists, grouped into experienced pharmacists, recently qualified pharmacists, pharmacists with specialist-training needs, and pharmacists practising in rural or remote areas. Focus group transcripts were thematically analysed. Results: Barriers identified by pharmacists included time constraints, accessibility - in terms of travel and cost, relevance, motivation, quality and method of CE delivery. Participants provided ideas to improve uptake of CE. Conclusion: The major barriers identified were time, accessibility and relevance of content. To improve uptake of CE a wider variety of flexibly delivered programs supplemented with in-depth workshops could be utilised.
Language eng
Field of Research 111599 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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