Physician educational needs in osteoporosis: An approach to needs assessment

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The objective of this paper was to determine the current learning needs and pre-ferred learning methods of family physicians in the management of osteoporosis. Three methods of needs assessment—a literature review, focus groups, and a questionnaire—were used over a 12-month period. The three methods identiled different learning issues but were comple-mentary. Triangulation of information from different types of needs assessment is an important way of ensuring that a needs assessment is current and valid for a local population. Our study showed that learning needs evolve over time. Both focus groups and the survey indicated that the needs identified by the international literature were dated. The focus groups were useful in identifying the content to be examined. The survey determined the relative importance of the concerns identified and the preferred formt at for the content.

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