Exploring paramedic perceptions of quality in online continuing medical education
Hillier, Timothy Frank
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The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the perceptions of paramedics regarding online continuing medical education (CME). By identifying the characteristics of effective online CME, course developers can develop practices to engage paramedics and enhance learning. This will lead to better-prepared paramedics and ultimately to safer patient care in the field. A total of thirteen paramedics were surveyed and interviewed and the resulting data were analysed. The interview questions sought to find characteristics of quality in online CME as perceived by practising paramedics. The data collected revealed individual preferences in online CME as well as themes across participants. Findings demonstrate that: (a) online CME has a positive impact on paramedic practice, (b) the convenience of online CME fits with paramedic work schedules and personality traits, (c) practical skills training is important to paramedics, (d) paramedics are easily bored, (e) paramedics have strong preferences for certain online CME elements and characteristics.
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