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Article: Evaluation of the learning outcomes of a year-long postgraduate training course in community geriatrics for primary care doctors

TitleEvaluation of the learning outcomes of a year-long postgraduate training course in community geriatrics for primary care doctors
Authors
KeywordsContinuing medical education
Learning outcomes of a geriatric course
Postgraduate training
Primary care doctors
Issue Date2011
PublisherElsevier Ireland Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/archger
Citation
Archives Of Gerontology And Geriatrics, 2011, v. 52 n. 3, p. 350-356 How to Cite?
AbstractThere are increasing expectations on primary care doctors to shoulder a bigger share of care for patients with common geriatric problems in the community. This study aims to examine the outcomes of a postgraduate training course in geriatrics for primary care doctors. A questionnaire developed by the research team was sent to the course graduates (years 2001-2007). Ninety-eight replies were received with a response rate of 52.4% (98/187). Difference in the ratings by the respondents before and after taking the course was analyzed using the nonparametric Wilcoxon signed rank test. Most respondents felt more rewarding and had participated more in geriatric care, and the majority had improvement in their communication skills with elderly patients after taking the course. Moreover, the graduates are more confident in diagnosing and managing common geriatric problems, and deciding to which specialty to refer the elderly patients. Of the referrals, there was a significant increase to private geriatricians and a significant reduction to other specialists. The average number of elderly patients seen per day had also increased. However, little change was observed about making nursing home visits, the frequency of which remained low. Many graduates expressed difficulties in conducting nursing home visits. © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/134432
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 1.971
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.935
ISI Accession Number ID
Funding AgencyGrant Number
University of Hong Kong200807176094
Funding Information:

This study was funded by Committee on Research and Conference Grants of The University of Hong Kong (grant number 200807176094). The authors would like to thank all those graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma of Community Medicine of the University of Hong Kong for completing the questionnaire.

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dc.contributor.authorLam, KFen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLennox, IMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, FHWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorTsoi, SLTen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-17T09:20:25Z-
dc.date.available2011-06-17T09:20:25Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationArchives Of Gerontology And Geriatrics, 2011, v. 52 n. 3, p. 350-356en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThere are increasing expectations on primary care doctors to shoulder a bigger share of care for patients with common geriatric problems in the community. This study aims to examine the outcomes of a postgraduate training course in geriatrics for primary care doctors. A questionnaire developed by the research team was sent to the course graduates (years 2001-2007). Ninety-eight replies were received with a response rate of 52.4% (98/187). Difference in the ratings by the respondents before and after taking the course was analyzed using the nonparametric Wilcoxon signed rank test. Most respondents felt more rewarding and had participated more in geriatric care, and the majority had improvement in their communication skills with elderly patients after taking the course. Moreover, the graduates are more confident in diagnosing and managing common geriatric problems, and deciding to which specialty to refer the elderly patients. Of the referrals, there was a significant increase to private geriatricians and a significant reduction to other specialists. The average number of elderly patients seen per day had also increased. However, little change was observed about making nursing home visits, the frequency of which remained low. Many graduates expressed difficulties in conducting nursing home visits. © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherElsevier Ireland Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/archgeren_HK
dc.relation.ispartofArchives of Gerontology and Geriatricsen_HK
dc.rightsNOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2011, v. 52 n. 3, p. 350-356.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2010.05.019-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectContinuing medical educationen_HK
dc.subjectLearning outcomes of a geriatric courseen_HK
dc.subjectPostgraduate trainingen_HK
dc.subjectPrimary care doctorsen_HK
dc.subject.meshAged-
dc.subject.meshEducation, Medical, Graduate-
dc.subject.meshGeriatrics - education-
dc.subject.meshHealth Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice-
dc.subject.meshPhysicians, Primary Care - education-
dc.titleEvaluation of the learning outcomes of a year-long postgraduate training course in community geriatrics for primary care doctorsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailLam, TP: tplam@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.archger.2010.05.019en_HK
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