Acceptability of videoconference technology for the delivery of continuing education to rural pharmacists

McNamara, Kevin P 2006, Acceptability of videoconference technology for the delivery of continuing education to rural pharmacists, Journal of pharmacy practice and research, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 187-189, doi: 10.1002/j.2055-2335.2006.tb00604.x.

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Title Acceptability of videoconference technology for the delivery of continuing education to rural pharmacists
Author(s) McNamara, Kevin PORCID iD for McNamara, Kevin P orcid.org/0000-0001-6547-9153
Journal name Journal of pharmacy practice and research
Volume number 36
Issue number 3
Start page 187
End page 189
Total pages 3
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2006-09
ISSN 1445-937X
Summary Aim: To investigate whether a rural continuing education (CE) program delivered by videoconference can enhance access to, and uptake of, CE among pharmacists and determine their satisfaction with videoconference for the delivery of CE. Method: A postal survey was sent to 33 registered pharmacists in south-west Victoria and south-east South Australia who had attended at least one videoconference CE session organised in that region. Results: Respondents worked in different areas of pharmacy, and 40% worked in more than one area of pharmacy. The use of videoconference facilities has increased access to and participation in CE generally, and most participants (88%) have found it to be an acceptable medium for delivery. Increased access to high-quality CE opportunities, and reduced travel time for CE were seen as the principal benefits of the medium. Negative aspects included technical glitches, organisational issues, and the time-lag in voice transmission. Overall, most participants were happy to receive a substantial proportion of their contact CE using this medium. Conclusions: Videoconference technology is a valuable tool for the delivery of carefully structured CE sessions in rural and remote areas with an appropriate information technology infrastructure.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/j.2055-2335.2006.tb00604.x
Field of Research 111599 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Wiley
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