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Gerontologist. 2005 Jun;45(3):399-409.

Factors associated with the effectiveness of continuing education in long-term care.

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  • 1Southwestern Ontario Regional Geriatric Program, c/o St. Joseph's Health Care London, 801 Commissioners Road East, London, Ontario N6C 5J1, Canada. paul.stolee@sjhc.london.on.ca

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This article examines factors within the long-term-care work environment that impact the effectiveness of continuing education.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

In Study 1, focus group interviews were conducted with staff and management from urban and rural long-term-care facilities in southwestern Ontario to identify their perceptions of the workplace factors that affect transfer of learning into practice. Thirty-five people were interviewed across six focus groups. In Study 2, a Delphi technique was used to refine our list of factors. Consensus was achieved in two survey rounds involving 30 and 27 participants, respectively.

RESULTS:

Management support was identified as the most important factor impacting the effectiveness of continuing education. Other factors included resources (staff, funding, space) and the need for ongoing expert support.

IMPLICATIONS:

Organizational support is necessary for continuing education programs to be effective and ongoing expert support is needed to enable and reinforce learning.

PMID:
15933280
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