Community pharmacists' preferences for continuing education delivery in Australia

Mc Namara, Kevin, Duncan, Gregory J, McDowell, Jenny and Marriott, Jennifer L 2009, Community pharmacists' preferences for continuing education delivery in Australia, Journal of continuing education in the health professions, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 52-57, doi: 10.1002/chp.20006.

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Title Community pharmacists' preferences for continuing education delivery in Australia
Author(s) Mc Namara, KevinORCID iD for Mc Namara, Kevin
Duncan, Gregory J
McDowell, Jenny
Marriott, Jennifer L
Journal name Journal of continuing education in the health professions
Volume number 29
Issue number 1
Start page 52
End page 57
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Place of publication Malden, Mass.
Publication date 2009-03-13
ISSN 0894-1912
Keyword(s) adult learning principles
models of education
pharmacy education
evidence-based practice
continuing professional development
continuing education
Summary Introduction: New technologies such as the Internet offer an increasing number of options for the delivery of continuing education (CE) to community pharmacists. Many of these options are being utilized to overcome access- and cost-related problems. This paper identifies learning preferences of Australian community pharmacists for CE and identifies issues with the integration of these into contemporary models of CE delivery.
Methods: Four focus group teleconferences were conducted with practicing community pharmacists (n = 15) using a semistructured format and asking generally about their CE and continuing professional development (CPD) experiences.
Results: Pharmacists reported preferences for CE that were very closely aligned to the principles of adult learning. There was a strong preference for interactive and multidisciplinary CE. Engaging in CPD was seen as valuable in promoting reflective learning.
Discussion: These results suggest that pharmacists have a strong preference for CE that is based on adult learning principles. Professional organizations should take note of this and ensure that new CE formats do not compromise the ability of pharmacists to engage in interactive, multidisciplinary, and problem-based CE. Equally, the role of attendance-based CE in maintaining peer networks should not be overlooked.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/chp.20006
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, The Alliance for Continuing Medical Education, the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education, and the Council on CME, Association for Hospital Medical Education
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