Barriers to pharmacist participation in continuing education in Australia

Marriott, Jennifer L., Duncan, Gregory J. and Mc Namara, Kevin P. 2007, Barriers to pharmacist participation in continuing education in Australia, Pharmacy education, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 11-17, doi: 10.1080/15602210601084176.

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Title Barriers to pharmacist participation in continuing education in Australia
Author(s) Marriott, Jennifer L.
Duncan, Gregory J.
Mc Namara, Kevin P.ORCID iD for Mc Namara, Kevin P.
Journal name Pharmacy education
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Start page 11
End page 17
Total pages 7
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2007-03
ISSN 1560-2214
Keyword(s) barriers
continuing education
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
DOI 10.1080/15602210601084176
Field of Research 111599 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences not elsewhere classified
1115 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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