Medacs Healthcare

NOV 29/2012

Doctors 'want more online study material'

If you recognise the benefits of using online study material, research suggests you're far from alone.

A poll of 180 healthcare professionals in Europe, conducted by EPG Health Media, found that the majority are keen to participate in more online continuing medical education (CME).

Overall, 94 per cent of people in doctor jobs in the UK and other countries in Europe said they would like to do more online CME, with 64 per cent revealing that they actively seek out online learning activities to complete.

Nine out of ten respondents said that they have recommended online CME activities to colleagues and other health care professionals, with two-fifths recognising their convenience and one in four welcoming the low costs involved.

However, 30 per cent complained that a lack of availability prevented them from participating in online CME.

Another key concern among people in permanent and temporary medical jobs is whether or not CME activities are valid within their country of practice.

Fifty-one per cent of people who took part in the EPG Health Media survey admitted there was a problem with assessing whether credits earned for CME activities were valid in their own country.

The survey also revealed that among doctors who do not participate in online CPE, one in ten do not do so because this form of learning is not recognised in their country, while a similar proportion had doubts about the quality of the online education they had seen.

Chris Cooper, from EPG Health Media, said the survey had shed "much-needed light" on the subject of CME in Europe.

"We hope it will support those organisations involved in creating, funding, accrediting and (like ourselves) publishing CME in Europe," he added.

CME is generally regarded as one component of continuing professional development (CPD), which is a requirement for everyone working in doctor jobs in the UK.

While CME generally refers to expanding doctors' knowledge and skill base, the CPD training provided in the UK also acknowledges the wider competencies that are required, such as managerial, ethical, social and personal skills.

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