Continuing Education

A Partnership Model for the Training and Professional Development of Health-Care Staff in Low-Resource Settings

The model of “health partnerships” or “twinning” between hospitals or health-care training institutions in high-income countries and those in low- or middle-income countries (LMIC) has a role to play in addressing global deficiencies in the quantity, quality and accessibility of human resources for cancer control. [from abstract]

The Self-Reported Learning Needs of Primary Care Doctors in South Africa: A Descriptive Survey

Strengthening primary health care in South Africa is a prerequisite for the successful introduction of National
Health Insurance. Primary care doctors from both the public and private sectors are an essential contributor to achieving this goal. In order to prepare these doctors for their future role, a national diploma training programme is being developed. This study aimed to evaluate the learning needs of primary care doctors and to assist with the design of the diploma. [from abstract]

Cost-Effectiveness of Improving Health Care to People with HIV in Nicaragua

Nurses need to participate in CPE to update their knowledge and increase their competencies. This research was carried out to explore their current practice and the future general needs for CPE. [from abstract]

The Effect of Primary Health Care Learning Programme in Health Care Service Delivery: Case Study of Ehlanzeni Health District in Mpumalanga Province

This research was aimed mainly at determining the significance of the primary health care learning programme in health care service delivery, focusing mainly in the Ehlanzeni Health district of Mpumalanga Province [South Africa]. The focus was on how professional nurses trained in the Primary Health Care programme confidently apply the skills and expertise to the benefit of clients in community health facilities. [from abstract]

Continuing Professional Development Training Needs of Medical Laboratory Personnel in Botswana

Laboratory professionals are expected to maintain their knowledge on the most recent advances in
laboratory testing and continuing professional development (CPD) programs can address this expectation. In
developing countries, accessing CPD programs is a major challenge for laboratory personnel, partly due to their
limited availability. An assessment was conducted among clinical laboratory workforce in Botswana to identify and
prioritize CPD training needs as well as preferred modes of CPD delivery. [from abstract]

Comprehensive Reproductive Health and Family Planning Curriculum: Module 11: MVA for the Treatment of Incomplete Abortion

This training manual prepares health workers to counsel women who come to a facility for treatment of an incomplete or septic abortion and to assess and manage the complications of incomplete and septic abortions. It includes information on preparation of MVA equipment, infection prevention procedures, processing MVA equipment for reuse, pain control, the MVA procedure, management of complications of the MVA procedure, and the introduction of comprehensive PAC services in a clinical setting.

Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Indonesia: Saving Lives, Saving the Future. Chapter Five: Quality of Care

Quality of care is at the heart of any health care program, and yet it is defined in different ways and is difficult to measure. It is determined not only by the capabilities of health facilities and health providers but also by many other variables. Even among formal research studies, the variables measured differ from study to study. [from introduction]

Creating a Charter of Collaboration for International University Partnerships: The Elmina Declaration for Human Resources for Health

The project had four objectives: to create a “charter for collaboration” (CFC), to improve data-driven policy making, to enhance health care provider education, and to increase research capacity. [from abstract]

Current Continuing Professional Education Practice among Malaysian Nurses

This cross-sectional descriptive study involved registered nurses from government hospitals and health clinics from Peninsular Malaysia. Multistage cluster sampling was used to recruit 1000 nurses from four states of Malaysia. [from abstract]

Study on Developmental- Behavioural Pediatrics Training Experiences of Pediatricians and Pediatric Trainees Working in Nepal

This study aims to evaluate the Developmental –Behavioural pediatrics (DBP) training experiences of pediatricians and pediatric trainees during their post graduate training in pediatrics. [from abstract]

Interprofessional Education for Whom? — Challenges and Lessons Learned from Its Implementation in Developed Countries and Their Application to Developing Countries: A Systematic Review

Evidence is available on the potential efficacy of interprofessional education (IPE) to foster interprofessional cooperation, improve professional satisfaction, and improve patient care. We conducted this review to examine challenges of implementing IPE to suggest possible pathways to overcome the anticipated challenges in developing countries. [adapted from abstract]

Pursuit of a Valid Information Assessment Method for Continuing Education: A Mixed Methods Study

This study evaluated a tool that allows health professionals to report the search objective, cognitive impact, use and patient health benefit associated with health information retrieved from electronic knowledge resources. [adapted from author]

Directive on Continuing Professional Development for Health Professionals

This directive outlines the systematic organization of the fragmented continuing professional development (CPD) activities of health professionals in Ethiopia and describes the CPD requirements and roles for health workers and the government offices responsible for standardizing and accrediting CPD and health worker licensing. [adapted from author]

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Guideline for Health Professionals in Ethiopia

With the ultimate aim of improving the health status of Ethiopians through the delivery of quality health services by competent health professionals, this guideline helps to establish a CPD system in the country through outlining the process of accreditation of CPD courses and CPD providers and linking CPD with re-licensure. [from author]

VSO and Continuing Professional Development for Health Workers

The purpose of the document is to set out VSO’s position on continuing professional development (CPD) for health workers in Africa and Asia. It aims to guide future policy development around health training and capacity building of health workers and to draw specifically on significant learning over the past few years from VSO’s health and HIV and AIDS programs. [from author]

Continuing Professional Development for Health Workers

This publication advocates for continuing professional development (CPD) as essential for updating skills and the development of a professional ethos for all health staff cadres,including volunteers. It argues that planned, cost effective CPD is essential if national programs are to achieve the health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and move towards providing universal health coverage for the whole population. [adapted from author]

Continuing Professional Development Framework (CPD) for Nurses in Kenya

This CPD framework provides guidelines that create an environment for nurses to keep abreast with, and improve competencies in service delivery in an effort to satisfy the needs and expectations of patients and clients in Kenya. [adapted from author]

Continuing Professional Development Policy (Sudan)

This document aims to serve as a policy guide for the provision of continuing professional development (CPD) to health care professionals affiliated with Federal and State ministries of Health in Sudan. This policy framework sets regulations, standards and norms. [adapted from author]

Nurses' and Managers' Perceptions of Continuing Professional Development for Older and Younger Nurses: A Focus Group Study

This study explored nurses’ and their managers’ perceptions of the differences in continuing professional development between younger and older nurses. [from abstract]

Human Resources for Health Professional Development at the District Level: Recommendations Based on the Ugandan Experience

This report shares lessons learned from Uganda and, using this experience as a foundation, offers selected suggestions for how other countries might develop and implement HRH professional development programs at subnational levels. [from publisher]

Nourishing Networks: An Interprofessional Learning Model and Its Application to the Australian Rural Health Workforce

This article describes a model for interprofessional learning developed to address the barriers related to the delivery of interprofessional education in the rural health setting in Australia across a number of health disciplines. [adapted from abstract]

Continuing Education Training Focused on the Development of Behavioral Telehealth Competencies in Behavioral Healthcare Providers

This study assessed the impact of a behavioral telehealth ethical competencies training program on behavioral health providers’ development of behavioral telehealth competency. Video vignettes evaluating the 14 competencies, self-reported competence surveys and follow-up surveys of progress on telehealth goals were utilized to assess effects of the training. [adapted from abstract]

Improving Primary Care in British Columbia, Canada: Evaluation of a Peer-to-Peer Continuing Education Program for Family Physicians

This study evaluated participant satisfaction of an interactive educational program that offers peer-to-peer training to physicians and their office staff on topics ranging from clinical tools/skills to office management relevant to general practitioner practices. [adapted from abstract]

Transportability of Tertiary Qualifications and CPD: A Continuing Challenge for the Global Health Workforce

This paper outlines the shortfall of the current indicators in assisting the global certification and competency recognition in the health care workforce. Through a series of case studies, it then describes a model which enables institutions to compare themselves internally and with others internationally using prioritised parameters rather than standards. [adapted from abstract]

Keeping Up to Date: Continuing Professional Development for Health Workers in Developing Countries

Continuing professional development (CPD) encompasses all of the activities that health workers undertake—both formal and informal—to maintain, update, develop, and enhance their professional skills, knowledge, and attitudes. This technical brief summarizes the literature concerning current best practices and innovative ideas in CPD. [from author]

National Continuing Education Implementation Plan for Lesotho Health Sector 2011-2012

The purpose of this document is to act as a master plan for all the resources, methodologies, priorites and monitoring & evaluation processes to implement a program for continuing education for Lesotho health workers and serve as a point of reference for all stakeholders and beneficiaries. [adapted from author]

Study on Health Extension Workers: Access to Information, Continuing Education and Reference Materials

This study was undertaken to make a clear needs assessment, define priorities and identify resources to plan appropriate continuing education programs and prepare reference materials for health workers, particularly with the deployment of 30,000 health extension workers which will create additional information access needs in Ethiopia. [adapted from abstract]

Using Information and Communication Technology to Revitalise Continuing Professional Development for Rural Health Professionals: Evidence from a Pilot Project

This article outlines a project and its evaluation that used ICT equipment to increase the uptake of continuing professional development training in Uganda. [adapted from abstract]

Nurses' Perceptions of Online Continuing Education

The aims of this study are to show nurses’ perceptions of online continuing education and to determine perceptions of various groups; area groups, working companies, frequency of computer usage and age. [from abstract]

Change in Medical Students' Readiness for Self-directed Learning after a Partially Problem-based Learning First Year Curriculum at the KIST Medical College In Lalitpur, Nepal

This study was carried out to measure and compare readiness for self-directed learning (SDL) among medical students, and note differences in readiness for SDL at the beginning and end of the first year for medical students at a medical college in Nepal. [adapted from abstract]