The effect of continuing professional education on health care outcomes: Lessons for dementia care

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Rampatige, Rasika, Dunt, David, Doyle, Colleen Joy, Day, Susan and van Dort, Pauline 2009. The effect of continuing professional education on health care outcomes: Lessons for dementia care. International Psychogeriatrics. 21 (S1), pp. S34 - S43. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610209008746
AuthorsRampatige, Rasika, Dunt, David, Doyle, Colleen Joy, Day, Susan and van Dort, Pauline
Abstract

Background: This review presents an overview of the published literature on the effectiveness of continuing professional education (CPE), which includes continuing medical education (CME) of different health care professionals in healthcare settings, for improving patient management and patient outcomes. This review summarizes key articles published on the subject, including those relating to dementia care. Methods: A literature search was carried out using the National Library of Medicine's PubMed database, Cochrane database and Eric databases. Results: Studies on CPE generally provide conflicting evidence on their effectiveness in bringing about a change in professional practices and healthcare outcomes. However interactive, multifaceted interventions, and interventions with repeated inputs appear more effective in bringing about positive changes than traditional non-interactive techniques. There are relatively few studies specifically concerning CPE and dementia care. Conclusion: This review shows that CPE in dementia care needs to be targeted carefully. Much can be learnt from examining education approaches in the wider professional and medical education literature.

Keywordsdementia; continuing professional development
Year2009
JournalInternational Psychogeriatrics
Journal citation21 (S1), pp. S34 - S43
PublisherInternational Psychogeriatrics
ISSN1041-6102
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610209008746
Page rangeS34 - S43
Research GroupSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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