An evaluation of an educational group for general practitioner continuing education and development

Frank Smith, Andrew Singleton, Peta Ann Teague, Rachel Ross-Harper, Gerhard Wilke, Sean Hilton

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Abstract

Educational groups are not often used for continuing professional development by general practitioners (GPs). The setting up and evaluation of a weekly educational group for mid-career GPs in South London are described. A feature was a regular 90-minute session facilitated by a group analyst, utilizing a combination of psychodynamic interpretation and practical problem solving by group members. The remainder of the time was spent on audit based education. Evaluation methods used at the beginning and end of the group were individual interviews with group members, together with job satisfaction and stress questionnaires, and data on practice services and health promotion activities. The results showed changes in practice activity and health care delivery with new and improved services. Perceived job stresses reduced for the majority of members and satisfaction increased. Facilitated educational groups where time is divided between task and support should be further evaluated as a model for GP continuing professional development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)572-578
Number of pages7
JournalMedical Teacher
Volume20
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1998

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    Smith, F., Singleton, A., Teague, P. A., Ross-Harper, R., Wilke, G., & Hilton, S. (1998). An evaluation of an educational group for general practitioner continuing education and development. Medical Teacher, 20(6), 572-578.