Factors Associated With the Effectiveness of Continuing Education in Long-Term Care Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • PURPOSE: This article examines factors within the long-term-care work environment that impact the effectiveness of continuing education. DESIGN AND METHODS: In Study 1, focus group interviews were conducted with staff and management from urban and rural long-term-care facilities in southwestern Ontario to identify their perceptions of the workplace factors that affect transfer of learning into practice. Thirty-five people were interviewed across six focus groups. In Study 2, a Delphi technique was used to refine our list of factors. Consensus was achieved in two survey rounds involving 30 and 27 participants, respectively. RESULTS: Management support was identified as the most important factor impacting the effectiveness of continuing education. Other factors included resources (staff, funding, space) and the need for ongoing expert support. IMPLICATIONS: Organizational support is necessary for continuing education programs to be effective and ongoing expert support is needed to enable and reinforce learning.

authors

  • Stolee, Paul
  • Esbaugh, Jacquelin
  • Aylward, Sandra
  • Cathers, Tamzin
  • Harvey, David P
  • Hillier, Loretta M
  • Keat, Nancy
  • Feightner, John Westfall

publication date

  • June 1, 2005