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Article: What are the learning outcomes of a short postgraduate training course in dermatology for primary care doctors?

TitleWhat are the learning outcomes of a short postgraduate training course in dermatology for primary care doctors?
Authors
Keywordscontinuing medical education
dermatology
learning outcomes
postgraduate training
primary care doctors
Issue Date2011
PublisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcmededuc/
Citation
Bmc Medical Education, 2011, v. 11 n. 1 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: There are increasing expectations on primary care doctors to shoulder a bigger share of care for patients with common dermatological problems in the community. This study examined the learning outcomes of a short postgraduate course in dermatology for primary care doctors. Methods: A self-reported questionnaire developed by the research team was sent to the Course graduates. A retrospective design was adopted to compare their clinical practice characteristics before and after the Course. Differences in the ratings were analysed using the nonparametric Wilcoxon signed rank test to evaluate the effectiveness of the Course in various aspects. Results: Sixty-nine graduates replied with a response rate of 42.9% (69/161). Most were confident of diagnosing (91.2%) and managing (88.4%) common dermatological problems after the Course, compared to 61.8% and 58.0% respectively before the Course. Most had also modified their approach and increased their attention to patients with dermatological problems. The number of patients with dermatological problems seen by the graduates per day showed significant increase after the Course, while the average percentage of referrals to dermatologists dropped from 31.9% to 23.5%. The proportion of graduates interested in following up patients with chronic dermatological problems increased from 60.3% to 77.9%. Conclusions: Graduates of the Course reported improved confidence, attitudes and skills in treating common dermatological problems. They also reported to handle more patients with common dermatological problems in their practice and refer fewer patients. © 2011 Lam et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/135171
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.312
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.698
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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 Certificate Course in Clinical Dermatology of The University of Hong Kong for completing the questionnaire.

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dc.contributor.authorLam, TPen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYeung, CKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, KFen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-27T01:29:28Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-27T01:29:28Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationBmc Medical Education, 2011, v. 11 n. 1en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1472-6920en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/135171-
dc.description.abstractBackground: There are increasing expectations on primary care doctors to shoulder a bigger share of care for patients with common dermatological problems in the community. This study examined the learning outcomes of a short postgraduate course in dermatology for primary care doctors. Methods: A self-reported questionnaire developed by the research team was sent to the Course graduates. A retrospective design was adopted to compare their clinical practice characteristics before and after the Course. Differences in the ratings were analysed using the nonparametric Wilcoxon signed rank test to evaluate the effectiveness of the Course in various aspects. Results: Sixty-nine graduates replied with a response rate of 42.9% (69/161). Most were confident of diagnosing (91.2%) and managing (88.4%) common dermatological problems after the Course, compared to 61.8% and 58.0% respectively before the Course. Most had also modified their approach and increased their attention to patients with dermatological problems. The number of patients with dermatological problems seen by the graduates per day showed significant increase after the Course, while the average percentage of referrals to dermatologists dropped from 31.9% to 23.5%. The proportion of graduates interested in following up patients with chronic dermatological problems increased from 60.3% to 77.9%. Conclusions: Graduates of the Course reported improved confidence, attitudes and skills in treating common dermatological problems. They also reported to handle more patients with common dermatological problems in their practice and refer fewer patients. © 2011 Lam et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcmededuc/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofBMC Medical Educationen_HK
dc.rightsB M C Medical Education. Copyright © BioMed Central Ltd.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectcontinuing medical educationen_HK
dc.subjectdermatologyen_HK
dc.subjectlearning outcomesen_HK
dc.subjectpostgraduate trainingen_HK
dc.subjectprimary care doctorsen_HK
dc.titleWhat are the learning outcomes of a short postgraduate training course in dermatology for primary care doctors?en_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1472-6920&volume=11, article no. 20&spage=&epage=&date=2011&atitle=What+are+the+learning+outcomes+of+a+short+postgraduate+training+course+in+dermatology+for+primary+care+doctors?-
dc.identifier.emailLam, TP: tplam@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1186/1472-6920-11-20en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume11en_HK
dc.identifier.issue1en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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