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ERIC Number: EJ759231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 7
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ISSN: ISSN-0894-1912
Defining and Assessing the Competence of Health Care Professionals in France
Matillon, Yves; LeBoeuf, Dominique; Maisonneuve, Herve
Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, v25 n4 p290-296 Fall 2005
Introduction: During the past decade, the public, health care professionals, and governments have shown much interest in ensuring that professionals, specifically physicians, are skilled in their work and competent in managing health care organizations. The need to assess competence in the health care sector was explored, with the aim of proposing a policy for monitoring and assessing competence during active professional life. Methods: A literature search and semistructured interviews were conducted. The 16 health care professions listed in the French health care code were included. The main questions were: What is your organization's definition of competence? What are the principal elements that define competence in health care activities? How can a system for assessing competence be implemented? Which methods for such a system are most appropriate, based on foreign experiences? Who are the players in the field of competence? And how can organizations participate in monitoring competence? Results: 265 people representing 148 French organizations were interviewed. Competence in health care should be defined as follows: "professional competence is based on the initial diploma, the implementation of effective continuing education, a minimal professional activity and a regular peer review process." There was an agreement on the basic elements of competence, on the responsibilities of public institutions and professional organizations, and on the need to work together. Discussion: We have shown that in France health care professionals would like to have a better system that allows them to exchange more information on the main health care issues; this is a serious requirement for most professionals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France