Journal article

Quantifying Use of a Health Virtual Community of Practice for General Practitioners' Continuing Professional Development: A Novel Methodology and Pilot Evaluation

Abdulaziz Murad, Natalie Hyde, Shanton Chang, Reeva Lederman, Rachelle Bosua, Marie Pirotta, Ralph Audehm, Christopher J Yates, Andrew M Briggs, Alexandra Gorelik, Cherie Chiang, John D Wark

Journal of Medical Internet Research | JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC | Published : 2019


BACKGROUND: Health care practitioners (HPs), in particular general practitioners (GPs), are increasingly adopting Web-based social media platforms for continuing professional development (CPD). As GPs are restricted by time, distance, and demanding workloads, a health virtual community of practice (HVCoP) is an ideal solution to replace face-to-face CPD with Web-based CPD. However, barriers such as time and work schedules may limit participation in an HVCoP. Furthermore, it is difficult to gauge whether GPs engage actively or passively in HVCoP knowledge-acquisition for Web-based CPD, as GPs' competencies are usually measured with pre- and posttests. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated a meth..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank Dr Sarah Price for her valuable assistance as a specialist adviser in the CFC Learning Hub. The authors also thank Ms Ornella Clavisi for her consumer perspective on GPs learning online about osteoporosis. Author AMB was supported by a fellowship awarded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, number 1132548. Author AM was funded and supported by a doctoral scholarship provided by the Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia. Amgen and Actavis-Allergan provided funding for this study, none of whom had any role in study design, data collection nor interpretation, nor drafting of this manuscript.