Professional practice and educational interventions

  • Brommels, Mats (Participant)

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description (abstract)

The programme has developed special competence in applying adult learning methods in medical education. It participates in the ongoing curriculum development at the Medical School. A recent pilot scheme, utilising a problem-based learning approach, was monitored and evaluated within a quality management framework. The educational outcomes of the scheme were comparable to earlier observations. The pilot was extremely dependent on individual teachers, and the lack of a common vision of the learning model seriously diminished the possibilities to use the experience and transfer insights and skills learned to other programmes.

A consultative evaluation model was developed in a two-stage training project, aiming at influencing the way in which physicians assess work ability. Observations on the educational process, analysis of training programmes and collected participant feedback was presented to project managers and tutors at regular intervals. First order changes were made as result, but no "double loop" learning did occur among tutors. The effects on participants were measured by surveys and interviews. Although intended changes of practice, as reported immediately after the training, did not materialise as surveyed six months later, participants had acquired a deeper understanding of the problems they encounter. Changes in attitudes to networking and consultation - of relevance in assessing work ability - were observed.

The programme is presently evaluating in a similar manner an educational process aimed at changing client service and claims handling within the Social Insurance Institution. The target group is claims adjusters - a semi-professional group with various backgrounds - and observations will be compared to those of the physician study.

Two other projects in progress are: The evaluation of a group-processed based educational programme with the objective of developing the skills of physicians in communicating with cancer patients uses the same approach as the previous studies. An assessment of the impact of various continuing medical education initiatives on prescription practices is in a pilot and planning phase. The interventions will utilise local physician networks and physician specific information on prescription patterns.

Effective start/end date01/01/200031/12/2010

Fields of Science

  • 314 Health sciences
  • educational interventions
  • medical education
  • 3141 Health care science
  • Professional practice