Literature Review, Environmental Scan and Report on Continuing Education for Health Care Providers in Canada
Sustainable rural health care is a significant issue for rural communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, particularly given an increasing elderly population and the subsequent demand for health services as a result. Recruitment and retention of health providers in rural communities is challenging and is influenced by factors associated with professional isolation and lack of access to continuing professional education (CPE). Rural providers tend to have a greater scope of practice than urban counterparts and must therefore remain competent and up-to-date in a larger number or practice areas. Access to CPE is of extreme importance for these providers. The purpose of this study was to explore the perceived barriers and challenges to CPE access for Canadian health care professionals and to identify best practices for improving such access. Geographic isolation and poor technological and telecommunications infrastructure were identified as key barriers to CPE delivery and access. Financial factors, such as funding to support travel or cost of attendance, were also identified as major challenges. Tele-education programming was identified as a best practice approach to improve CPE access, as were regional CPE activities and self-directed learning programs. Employer-sponsored initiatives, including staff coverage or locum support, remuneration for time off, and paid travel expenses for CPE participation were also identified as best practice approaches.
01 Jan 2004
Health Human Resource Strategies Division, Health Canada
Nurses and Nursing
Strategic Research Theme
Community and Regional Development
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery