Barriers to continuing medical education in Australian prevocational doctors

Neate, Sandra L., Dent, Andrew W., Weiland, Tracey J., Farish, Stephen, Jolly, Brian C. and Crotty, Brendan 2008, Barriers to continuing medical education in Australian prevocational doctors, Australian health review, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 292-300.

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Title Barriers to continuing medical education in Australian prevocational doctors
Author(s) Neate, Sandra L.
Dent, Andrew W.
Weiland, Tracey J.
Farish, Stephen
Jolly, Brian C.
Crotty, BrendanORCID iD for Crotty, Brendan
Journal name Australian health review
Volume number 32
Issue number 2
Start page 292
End page 300
Total pages 9
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company Pty. Ltd.
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2008-05
ISSN 0156-5788
Summary To determine perceived barriers to continuing education for Australian hospital-based prevocational doctors, a cross sectional cohort survey was distributed to medical administrators for secondary redistribution to 2607 prevocational doctors from August 2003 to October 2004. Four hundred and seventy valid questionnaires (18.1%) were returned. Only seven per cent (33/470) did not identify any barriers to continuing education. Barriers identified the most were lack of time (85% [371/437]), clinical commitment (65% [284/437]), resistance from registrars (13% [57/437]) and resistance from consultant staff (10% [44/437]). Other barriers included workload issues (27% [27/98]), teaching program inadequacies (26% [25/98]), lack of protected time for education (17% [17/98]), motivational issues (11% [10/98]) and geographic remoteness (10% [10/98]). Australian graduates (87%) identified lack of time more frequently than international medical graduates (77%) (P=0.036). Perceived barriers did not differ significantly between doctors of differing postgraduate years.
Language eng
Field of Research 130209 Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 920205 Health Education and Promotion
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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