Educational needs of rural and remote Australian non-specialist medical practitioners for obstetric ultrasound

Glazebrook, Rozanne, Manahan, Dan , Chater, Bruce, Barker, Peter , Row, David, Steele, Brendan, Morris, Graham , Cornelius, Sally, and McLellan, Tony (2004) Educational needs of rural and remote Australian non-specialist medical practitioners for obstetric ultrasound. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 12 (2). pp. 73-80.

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Objective: To determine the educational needs of rural and remote non-specialist Australian doctors for obstetric ultrasound.

Design: Survey design.

Setting: The study surveyed rural and remote doctors practising in a variety of settings including general practice, rural hospitals, Aboriginal communities and flying doctor organisations throughout Australia.

Subjects: Subjects included 314 solo and group practice rural general practitioners, rural hospital medical superintendents, senior medical officers, Aboriginal community controlled health service doctors, flying doctors, rural locums, registrars and two rural obstetricians. A total of 55% of the subjects were general practitioners in group practice. Respondents included 68 (22%) women and 246 (78%) men.

Results: The response rate was 32%. The highest priority areas of need for education included detecting foetal abnormalities and anomalies (19.1%), basic routine ultrasonography (17.17%), placental position (17.17%), dating (17.17%), foetal viability (12.88%) and morphology scan (12.26%). The main areas where doctors stated they lacked confidence included detecting foetal abnormalities (29.09%), basic routine ultrasonography (including machine use), such as, carrying out and interpreting obstetric ultrasound scans (27.27%), morphology scans (16.36%) and placental position (14.54%).

Conclusion: The study showed there was a large unmet need for education in obstetric ultrasound among rural and remote non-specialist doctors. Information from the needs assessment was used to develop the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine national obstetric ultrasound professional development program.

Item ID: 13851
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1038-5282
Keywords: doctors; educational needs; obstetrics; remote; rural; ultrasound
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2010 02:48
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110320 Radiology and Organ Imaging @ 40%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111402 Obstetrics and Gynaecology @ 40%
13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920203 Diagnostic Methods @ 51%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 49%
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