Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/17212
Type: Journal article
Title: Improving the learning needs survey by using four approaches
Author: Allan, J.
Schaefer, D.
Stocks, N.
Citation: Australian Family Physician, 2005; 34(1/2):84-86
Publisher: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 0300-8495
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J.A. Allan, D. Schaefer and N. Stocks
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Learning needs analyses are often undertaken to plan continuing education programs. They usually use questionnaires that have shortcomings regarding validity, relevance, breadth and detail. We tested a questionnaire using four questioning strategies to approximately 1762 general practitioners. METHOD: Our questionnaire listing 104 topics asked open ended questions and specific information about desired topics. It was distributed by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and divisions of general practice in South Australia and the Northern Territory. RESULTS: The survey yielded 578 responses (33%). The different survey strategies highlighted different areas of learning need. Overall, the highest ranked topics were dermatology, complementary medicine, psychiatry, and business and practice management. Participating divisions were generally satisfied with the feedback. DISCUSSIONS: Despite a poor response rate, the survey provided interesting information, and a set of broad learning topics.
Keywords: Humans; Health Care Surveys; Questionnaires; Attitude of Health Personnel; Learning; Family Practice; Education, Medical, Continuing; Needs Assessment; Aged; Middle Aged; Northern Territory; South Australia; Female; Male
Description: Copyright © 2005 Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Copyright to Australian Family Physician. Reproduced with permission. Permission to reproduce must be sought from the publisher, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
RMID: 0020051802
Published version: http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/200501/4150
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