Title
The landscape of postgraduate education in palliative care for general practitioners : results of a nationwide survey in Flanders, Belgium The landscape of postgraduate education in palliative care for general practitioners : results of a nationwide survey in Flanders, Belgium
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructional and Educational Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Limerick ,
Subject
Sociology
Educational sciences
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Patient education and counseling. - Limerick, 1983, currens
Volume/pages
86(2012) :2 , p. 220-225
ISSN
0738-3991
ISI
000301213100013
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Objective To describe the offer of continuing medical education (CME) in palliative care in Flanders, Belgium and to explore the way providers of CME address the preferences of general practitioners (GP's) towards CME. Methods Questionnaire-survey among official providers of formal CME. Results The response rate was 43%, equally distributed over all 5 provinces of Flanders. Data show large content gaps, an under usage of appropriate educational techniques and an absence of evaluation of the impact of CME on clinical practice. Providers of CME explain how they take the preferences of GP's concerning education in palliative care into account. Conclusions The present offer of CME is insufficient to educate GP's in palliative care. The absence of quality criteria and the lack of coordination between different providers results in an unattractive labyrinth of courses leaving GP's and their patients in the cold. Practice implications A comprehensive offer of CME sessions should be installed in a coordination between all providers. This could render the use of means (logistics and speakers) more efficient. Further research could look into other ways of acquiring palliative care competences such as evaluating the learning effect of GP's working together with specialized palliative home care teams.
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