Do lifelong learning and revalidation ensure that physicians are fit to practise?
AbstractIt is increasingly accepted that completing undergraduate medical education is only the first step in a process of lifelong learning for physicians. Many countries are putting in place measures to support and encourage and, in some cases, to require continual updating of skills and knowledge. This policy brief examines emerging approaches to revalidating physicians in Europe. Following a discussion of the contextual factors influencing the choice of approach, the brief reviews how European countries have developed and implemented policies, highlighting the significant challenges. Examples from other countries such as Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America are also presented. Evidence relating to the different approaches is then reviewed. Finally, some implementation options are discussed.
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe, Health Evidence Network, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Merkur, Sherry, Mladovsky, Philipa. et al. (2008). Do lifelong learning and revalidation ensure that physicians are fit to practise?. World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/107975
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