Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (10/24/23) Sklar, David; Chan, Teresa; Illing, Jan; et al.
Researchers propose changing continuing professional development's (CPD) emphasis on a conceptual level to bring it more in sync with improving healthcare value for patients by incorporating five distinct domains for inclusion in learning activities. These domains include New Knowledge, New Skills and Maintenance, Teams, Quality Improvement and Prevention. New Knowledge entails identifying, assessing and gaining new information, while New Skills and Maintenance involves the continuous application of newly or previously obtained skills to maintain expertise. The Teams domain focuses on changing the healthcare team's practice by sharing and transferring new knowledge to them. Quality Improvement concerns analyzing data to identify challenges and instill change that enhances the healthcare system and patient outcomes. The Prevention domain advances population health and disease prevention. The researchers present their conceptual CPD framework with supportive learning theories aligned with the healthcare delivery system's goals. "Drawing on these distinct but interrelated areas of CPD will help organizers and directors of learning events to develop their activities to meet the goals of learners and the healthcare system," they note.