Educational Needs Assessment for General Practitioners in the Field of Neurological Diseases in the Regulatory Zone of Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Iran

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Alireza Vakilian 1 , Farhad Iranmanesh 2 , Mohammad Ali Shafa 3 , * , Amir Moghadam-Ahmadi 4 , Fariba Maleki-Rad 5

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology AND Geriatric Care Research Center, Ali-ibn Abi Talib Hospital, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran, Iran

2 Professor, Department of Neurology AND Neurological Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Department of Neurology AND Neurological Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

4 Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology AND clinical Research Center, Ali-ibn Abi Talib Hospital, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran, Iran

5 General Practitioner, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran, Iran

How to Cite: Vakilian A, Iranmanesh F , Shafa M A , Moghadam-Ahmadi A , Maleki-Rad F . Educational Needs Assessment for General Practitioners in the Field of Neurological Diseases in the Regulatory Zone of Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Iran , Strides Dev Med Educ. 2015 ; 12(3):e58723.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Strides in Development of Medical Education: 12 (3); e58723
Published Online: August 28, 2015
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 25, 2017
Accepted: May 05, 2015

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Abstract

Background & Objective: Regarding the significance of neurological diseases, training general practitioners has a key role and they should be well-trained in diagnose and approaching different diseases in this field. We focused on educational needs assessment for general practitioners in the field of neurological diseases.

Methods: All the general practitioners practicing in the regulatory zone of Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Iran, (urban and rural areas), who agreed to participate, were entered the study. 104 participants of the total of 170 general practitioners in this area completed a researcher-made questionnaire and mailed us. The questionnaire encompassed 54 neurological diseases, four paraclinical tests and 9 approaches for neurological signs and symptoms, as well as their practical framework, satisfaction from their education, and demographic and educational items.

Results: In 47.9% of cases, educational expectations were at the level of screening and refer, in that 31.4%, at the level of diagnosis and treatment and in 18.8%, at the level of acquaintance and describing. The remainders (1.88%) were the cases with no need to know and unfamiliar ones. Statistically, screening and refer, just the diagnosis, and the treatment were the mentioned educational expectations, respectively. Most of general practitioners were not fully satisfied from their externship and internship educational programs.

Conclusion: This study, in a more systematic way, outlines the general practitioner’s points of view and their tendency to intervene in the procedure of neurological managements which can also be of great use to any further modifications in medical training curricula. Absence of perfect satisfaction about educational programs shows us that we should change our educational methods to more practical and clinical forms.

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Educational needs Neurological diseases General practitioners

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