Subjective experiences of general practitioners undertaking continuing medical education in mental health: a qualitative study of motivation and process of change
Authors: McCall, Louise M; Clarke, David M; Rowley, Glenn
Source: Primary Care Mental Health, Volume 2, Number 1, 1 March 2004 , pp. 23-35(13)
Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.
Aim To examine factors contributing to general practitioners' (GPs') motivation for change during a year-long course in mental health.
Design Semi-structured interviews were conducted on a stratified purposeful sample of six GPs, six months after they completed the course.
Participants and setting Six GPs from both urban and rural general practice in Australia.
Results Four themes emerged from the data. These were: professional development; increased knowledge, confidence and competence regarding depression and anxiety in general practice; personal insight and development; and course structure and content. The GPs' reasons for enrolling on the course influenced learning. They attributed the course with changing knowledge, which leads to change in attitude and insight about mental illness. These aspects influenced how the GPs managed their patients. The GPs continued their professional development by pursuing additional continuing medical education and some also became involved in teaching.
Conclusion Motivation and process for change demonstrate adult learning theory. Quantitative data alone are insufficient to describe change in clinical practice. Future studies should include both quantitative data, for hypothesis testing, and qualitative data to explore and illuminate the subtleties and intricacies of changing behaviour.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2004-03-01