OBJECTIVES:This study had for aim to assess the acceptability of a model for continuing medical education, to improve the implementation of best practice recommendations for family practice.
The training focused on the management of community acquired urinary tract infections in adults. The secondary objective was to identify barriers in the implementation of these best practice recommendations.
METHODS:We conducted a prospective qualitative study. The intervention included an initial knowledge test, an audio-visual CD-ROM presentation, and a second knowledge test. After the session, family practitioners (FP) were asked to answer a face-to-face questionnaire in order to give their opinion on the training session. Ten FP, working in the Savoie and Isère sub-divisions in France, were included.
RESULTS:All FP were satisfied with the e-learning training session. The element of the session, they best appreciated, was the audio-visual presentation. The comparison between initial and second test results showed a non-significant improvement of knowledge (P=0.07). The barriers, most frequently mentioned for knowledge and use of best practice recommendations, were: lack of time, content unfit for family practice, habits, and the very broad field of expertise required.
CONCLUSION: FP accepted this model of continuing medical education. E-learning seems relevant to improve the implementation of best practice recommendations in family practice.
Pavese P, Coulouma M, Sellier E, Stahl JP, Wintenberger C, François P. Are you the author?
Service des maladies infectieuses, CHU, BP 217, 38043 Grenoble, France.
Reference: Med Mal Infect. 2012 Jul;42(7):321-6.