Educational needs of rural and remote Australian non-specialist medical practitioners for obstetric ultrasound

Barker, Peter, Chater, Bruce, Cornelius, Sally, Glazebrook, Roz, Manahan, Dan, McLellan, Tony, Morris, Graham, Row, David and Steele, Brendan (2004) Educational needs of rural and remote Australian non-specialist medical practitioners for obstetric ultrasound. The Australian Journal of Rural Health, 12 2: 73-80. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1584.2004.tb00572.x


Author Barker, Peter
Chater, Bruce
Cornelius, Sally
Glazebrook, Roz
Manahan, Dan
McLellan, Tony
Morris, Graham
Row, David
Steele, Brendan
Title Educational needs of rural and remote Australian non-specialist medical practitioners for obstetric ultrasound
Journal name The Australian Journal of Rural Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1038-5282
1440-1584
Publication date 2004-04-01
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2004.tb00572.x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 12
Issue 2
Start page 73
End page 80
Total pages 8
Place of publication Carlton South, VIC
Publisher Blackwell
Language eng
Subject 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Formatted abstract
Objective: To determine the educational needs of rural and remote non-specialist Australian doctors for obstetric ultrasound.

Design: Survey design.

Setting: The study surveyed rural and remote doctors practising in a variety of settings including general practice, rural hospitals, Aboriginal communities and flying doctor organisations throughout Australia.

Subjects: Subjects included 314 solo and group practice rural general practitioners, rural hospital medical superintendents, senior medical officers, Aboriginal community controlled health service doctors, flying doctors, rural locums, registrars and two rural obstetricians. A total of 55% of the subjects were general practitioners in group practice. Respondents included 68 (22%) women and 246 (78%) men.

Results: The response rate was 32%. The highest priority areas of need for education included detecting foetal abnormalities and anomalies (19.1%), basic routine ultrasonography (17.17%), placental position (17.17%), dating (17.17%), foetal viability (12.88%) and morphology scan (12.26%). The main areas where doctors stated they lacked confidence included detecting foetal abnormalities (29.09%), basic routine ultrasonography (including machine use), such as, carrying out and interpreting obstetric ultrasound scans (27.27%), morphology scans (16.36%) and placental position (14.54%).

Conclusion: The study showed there was a large unmet need for education in obstetric ultrasound among rural and remote non-specialist doctors. Information from the needs assessment was used to develop the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine national obstetric ultrasound professional development program.
Keyword continuing medical education (CME)
obstetric ultrasound educational needs assessment
professional developement
rural and remote medical practitioners

 
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