Parkinson's disease in general practice

Assessing knowledge, confidence and the potential role of education

L. M. Abbott, S. L. Naismith, S. J G Lewis*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In the context of an ageing population, Australian general practitioners (GPs) will be asked increasingly to manage challenging neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson's disease (PD). This study sought to evaluate whether Australian GPs have been provided with sufficient training to effectively diagnose and manage PD, and to determine the extent to which a brief training seminar could improve knowledge and increase confidence. A baseline assessment was completed by 168 GPs in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, and was re-administered following an educational seminar to 105 GPs. Australian GPs demonstrated significant knowledge gaps on the baseline assessment, scoring only 50% (standard deviation [SD] 15.5%). Post-seminar results showed significant improvement (p < 0.001) to 71.5% (SD 15%). Although following the seminar the vast majority reported increased confidence, there were some differential benefits between metropolitan and regional practitioners. These findings emphasise the need for continuing education in relation to PD in primary health care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1044-1047
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Volume18
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Confidence
  • Continuing medical education
  • General practice
  • Knowledge
  • Parkinson's disease

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