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Paediatric on-call consultants’ learning within and beyond the objectives of a coherent CPD program
Department of Paediatrics, Skaraborg Hospital, Skövde; Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Gothenburg (SWE).
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - graduate level. NU-Hospital Group, Trollhättan (SWE). (LOV)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0084-4636
Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden Department of Paediatrics, NU-Hospital Group, Uddevalla (SWE).
2022 (English)In: BMC Medical Education, E-ISSN 1472-6920, Vol. 22, no 1, article id 865Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Evaluations, using questionnaires, of a two-year long CPD program for on-call consultant paediatricians, showed that the overall objective of the program was largely met. We stipulate that the coherency of the CPD program contributed to the learning. To gains a deeper understanding of the participants learning within and beyond the overall objectives of the program, we decided to conduct an interview study enrolling participants from the frst two CPD courses.

Methods: Nine experienced paediatric consultants were interviewed 1-4 years after completing a coherent two-year long CPD program, focusing on what and how they learned. The interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed as text, analysed, and categorised using qualitative content analysis.

Results: What the participants learned: improved medical competences, greater confdence in the role of an on-call consultant, better understanding of the role of an on-call consultant and importance of professional networks. Several categories were outside the overall objective, at personal level: an understanding of one’s own and other’s competences, taking responsibility for one’s own CPD and managing things one does not know. At professional level: more secure as an individual and with colleagues.How it was learned: relevant objectives, preparatory material and case discussions were important. Participants learned by preparing, repeating, refecting, and participating actively, and by applying what they learned in clinical practice. The participants learned from one other over a period of two years, when they also got to know one another and created networks. A safe learning environment imposed demands and enabled participants to defne their competence and learn accordingly.

Conclusions: This study describes what and how on-call consultant paediatricians learned during a coherent two year long CPD program. The learning took place within and beyond the framework of the overall objectives. The study suggests that evaluation methods based on objectives may be blind to important areas of learning and need to be combined with qualitative methods that examine a broad impact of learning. Taken together, the analysis of what and how the participants learned shows that they were better equipped to work as consultant on call and deal with the things they did not know.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2022. Vol. 22, no 1, article id 865
Keywords [en]
CPD, Learning, Coherent program, Paediatrician, On-call consultant
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Nursing Learning
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-19495DOI: 10.1186/s12909-022-03895-6ISI: 000895874600003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85144231285OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-19495DiVA, id: diva2:1721541
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This research received fnancial support from: The Healthcare Board Region Västra Götaland and the Projekt: Pediatric and Pedagogic Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Paediatricians, funded by the Human Resources Sub-Committee, Region Västra Götaland.

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