Cancer education and training in primary health care

Brian McAvoy, Jane Fletcher, Mark Elwood

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BACKGROUND: Primary care professionals play a critical role in cancer care but relatively little is known about their education and training. This article presents the results of a national audit of education and training providers in relation to primary care and cancer. METHOD: A semistructured telephone questionnaire. RESULTS: The response rate was very high (96 ) with 210 organisations participating. Forty-two percent provided cancer education and training. Evidence of good adult education practice was demonstrated, and 95 of organisations ran accredited programs. Although pharmaceutical industry support was not favoured, the majority (78 ) described this as their main source of funding. DISCUSSION: There is optimism and strong commitment among primary care cancer education and training providers. Their content seems appropriate and their approach is consistent with good adult learning principles and multidisciplinary care, but this could be enhanced with increased funding and improved collaboration and communication between organisations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)973 - 976
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Family Physician
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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