ERIC Number: ED193467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Continuing Education of Health Personnel as a Factor in Career Development. Report on a WHO Working Group. EURO Reports and Studies: 6.
World Health Organization, Copenhagen (Denmark). Regional Office for Europe.
A World Health Organization (WHO) working group discussed continuing education and career development of health care personnel at a meeting in Budapest, October 31-November 2, 1978. Group members defined continuing education, analyzed its methods and organization in various countries, and explored the relationship of continuing education to career development. They also identified various incentives for participation in continuing education--self-motivation, professional contact, and financial reward; and disincentives--loss of earnings, inconvenience of attending and career anxiety; and considered possible sanctions that could be applied against nonparticipants. Specific recommendations included the following: (1) continuing education should be controlled by appropriate bodies; (2) it is needed by all medical practitioners and other health professionals and should not be seen merely as a means to promotion or greater prestige; (3) it should be an integral part of employment; (4) both undergraduate and postgraduate training should take place in the widest possible range of hospitals, clinics, and practices, and (5) an adequate porportion of the health budget should be set aside for continuing education. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Development, Educational Methods, Health Personnel, Incentives, Inservice Education, Lifelong Learning, Postsecondary Education, Professional Continuing Education, Sanctions, Staff Development
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Health Organization, Copenhagen (Denmark). Regional Office for Europe.
Identifiers: World Health Organization