Journal article

Enhancing General Practitioners Participation in a Virtual Community of Practice for Continuing Medical Education: An Exploratory Study

Abdulaziz Murad, Reeva Lederman, Rachelle Bosua, Shanton Chang, John D Wark, A Ryan (ed.), LK Schaper (ed.), S Whetton (ed.)

INTEGRATING AND CONNECTING CARE | IOS PRESS | Published : 2017

Abstract

As sources of medical information grow online, Virtual Communities of Practice (VCoPs) have evolved into a potential tool that allows General Practitioners (GPs) to interact through the sharing of their experience and knowledge. However, literature reports that GPs are reluctant to participate in VCoPs especially for their continuing medical education (CME). Currently, no study has explored the design and structural aspects of VCoPs that may lead to enhancing GPs' participation in such online communities. Hence, this paper explores how GPs envisage the use of a VCoP for their CME and how to enhance their participation by conducting an exploratory qualitative study of two focus groups with 10..

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