Can a postgraduate course for general practitioners deliver perceived benefit for learners, patients and the NHS?: a qualitative study

Med Teach. 2002 Jan;24(1):67-70. doi: 10.1080/00034980120103513.


The focus of continuing professional development in general practice is shifting towards professional development and away from following personal areas of interest. Previous work has suggested that much CPD has not had an obvious impact in the three areas of professional development: the needs of individual doctors, patients and the needs of the NHS. We report on the results of a programme of study where developments in all three were perceived as being achieved. This outcome was realized by basing learning around real problems course members encountered in their daily work, using these real situations to identify theory, then reinforcing this learning through practical application.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / methods
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / standards*
  • Family Practice / education*
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Problem-Based Learning*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • State Medicine / standards*
  • United Kingdom