Are we ever going back? Exploring the views of health professionals on postpandemic continuing professional development modalities
Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly altered the ways in which health care professionals engage with continuing professional development (CPD), but the extent to which these changes are permanent remains unknown at present. This mixed-methods research aims to capture the perspectives of health professionals on their preferences for CPD formats, including the conditions that inform preferences for in-person and online CPD events and the optimum length and type of online and in-person events.
Methods: A survey was used to gain a high-level perspective on health professionals' engagement with CPD, areas of interest, and capabilities and preferences in relation to online formats. A total of 340 health care professionals across 21 countries responded to the survey. Follow-up semistructured interviews were conducted with 16 respondents to gain deeper insights into their perspectives.
Results: Key themes include CPD activity before and during COVID, social and networking aspects, access versus engagement, cost, and time and timing.
Discussion: Recommendations regarding the design of both in-person and online events are included. Beyond merely moving in-person events online, innovative design approaches should be adopted to capitalize on the affordances of digital technologies and enhance engagement.
CommentsThe original article is available at https://journals.lww.com/
Published CitationCassidy D. et al. Are we ever going back? Exploring the views of health professionals on postpandemic continuing professional development modalities. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2023.
Publication Date7 March 2023
- Health Professions Education Centre
- Health Professions Education
PublisherWolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
- Published Version (Version of Record)