ERIC Number: ED187163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes and Preferences of Pennsylvania Primary Care Physicians Regarding Continuing Medical Education.
Mansfield, Phyllis; And Others
Primary care physicians in Pennsylvania were asked to give their attitudes and preferences regarding continuing medical education (CME) in an effort to expand and develop physician-oriented CME programs for the Hershey Continuing Education department at Penn State. A 32-item questionnaire was mailed to 952 primary care physicians practicing in Pennsylvania as of May, 1979. The 254 responses constituted a return rate of 26 percent. Less than one fourth of the respondents were opposed to mandatory CME for any purpose, while CME as a requirement for Pennsylvania Medical Society membership and for specialty society membership was favored by at least half of the respondents. Mandatory CME for other purposes, such as malpractice insurance, was considered desirable by between one third and one half of the respondents. Generally, family practitioners were more favorable than other specialists towards mandatory CME. Three fourths of the respondents identified "time away from practice" as a major obstacle to CME participation, while direct costs and availability were each identified as major obstacles by at least half of the respondents. The study recommends that CME programs should be short (one day or less), close to home, and held on days when physicians are not normally working (such as Saturday or Sunday). There was also a perceived need to begin developing CME programs on the cardiovascular and endocrine body systems. Appendices include a bibliography and a copy of the survey questionnaire. (DC)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Certification, Family Practice (Medicine), Higher Education, Mandatory Continuing Education, Medical Care Evaluation, Medical Education, Medicine, Needs Assessment, Occupational Surveys, Physicians, Primary Health Care, Professional Continuing Education, Questionnaires, Resource Centers, State Licensing Boards, State Surveys
Planning Studies in Continuing Education, Pennsylvania State University, 235 Grange Bldg., University Park, PA 16802
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Planning Studies in Continuing Education.