To determine the feasibility of using standardized patients in the performance of a needs assessment and subsequent development of a continuing medical education (CME) intervention in rheumatology for family physicians.
Eight family physicians and 7 rheumatologists undertook 36 encounters with standardized patients simulating 3 common rheumatologic complaints.
Encounters were assessed according to a predetermined score addressing issues of communication skills, clinical diagnosis, investigations, and management.
Data obtained were used to develop a small group problem based learning event.
Mean scores differed considerably between rheumatologists and family physicians (7.2 vs 3.6 ; possible range - 3 to+9), between individuals within the 2 groups (rheumatologists 2.5 to+9 ; family physicians - 1 to 6.5). and between cases.
Specific areas of individual and group need for the development of a subsequent CME intervention were identified and included communication skills, clinical skills in the development of a differential diagnosis, appropriate use and interpretation of investigations, and appropriate management.
Standardized patients can be effectively used to undertake a needs assessment in rheumatology.
Specific data can be used to develop a small group problem based learning program with objectives meeting the identified needs and using the same standardized patients.
Mots-clés Pascal : Besoin, Evaluation, Education santé, Rhumatologie, Soin santé primaire, Canada, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Médecin, Personnel sanitaire, Milieu familial
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Need, Evaluation, Health education, Rheumatology, Primary health care, Canada, North America, America, Physician, Health staff, Family environment
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0538237
Code Inist : 002B15D. Création : 24/03/1998.