Journal article

Barriers to continuing medical education in Australian prevocational doctors

Sandra L Neate, Andrew W Dent, Tracey J Weiland, Stephen Farish, Brian C Jolly, Brendan Crotty

AUSTRALIAN HEALTH REVIEW | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

To determine perceived barriers to continuing education for Australian hospital-based prevocational doctors, a cross sectional cohort survey was distributed to medical administrators for secondary redistribution to 2607 prevocational doctors from August 2003 to October 2004. Four hundred and seventy valid questionnaires (18.1%) were returned. Only seven per cent (33/470) did not identify any barriers to continuing education. Barriers identified the most were lack of time (85% [371/437]), clinical commitment (65% [284/437]), resistance from registrars (13% [57/437]) and resistance from consultant staff (10% [44/437]). Other barriers included workload issues (27% [27/98]), teaching program ina..

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