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Impact of needs analyses in determining Continuing Professional Education symposium topic and learning objectives.

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Introduction: Improving symposium quality and increasing participant ownership are important principles in pharmacist Continuing Professional Education (CPE). This study sought to determine the impact of utilizing online needs analyses on these principles.
Methods: Prior to an annual CPE symposium, potential pharmacist participants prospectively completed two online needs analyses to determine the symposium’s topic and specific learning objectives. Upon completion of the symposium, participants evaluated the influence of completing the needs analyses by ranking their level of agreement, using a five-point Likert Scale (strongly agree to strongly disagree), with the following statements: “Being involved in the development of this symposium by completing both needs analyses: (1) influenced my decision and interest in attending today, (2) increased my satisfaction with the symposium, (3) led to a better designed CPE symposium, (4) led to more relevant CPE for my professional learning needs, (5) enhanced my ability to reflect on what my specific learning needs are.”
Results: Forty-four participants responded; twenty-three of them completed both needs analyses and 21 completed neither. Prospective needs analyses significantly influenced pharmacists’ decision to attend the CPE symposium (p<0.01), increased pharmacist satisfaction with the symposium (p<0.001), led to a better designed symposium (p<0.001), improved relevance to professional practice (p<0.01), and enhanced pharmacists’ ability to reflect on learning needs (p<0.05) compared to those who did not participate in the needs analyses.
Conclusions: Prospective needs analyses may increase pharmacist CPE symposium attendance, satisfaction, design, relevance, and self-reflection abilities.
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Legreid Dopp, Anna., Kopacek, Karen., Vardeny, Orly. and Hanson, Alan. "Impact of needs analyses in determining Continuing Professional Education symposium topic and learning objectives." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California, USA, Jul 05, 2006 <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p118676_index.html>

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Legreid Dopp, A. , Kopacek, K. J., Vardeny, O. and Hanson, A. L. , 2006-07-05 "Impact of needs analyses in determining Continuing Professional Education symposium topic and learning objectives." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California, USA <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p118676_index.html

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Abstract: Introduction: Improving symposium quality and increasing participant ownership are important principles in pharmacist Continuing Professional Education (CPE). This study sought to determine the impact of utilizing online needs analyses on these principles.
Methods: Prior to an annual CPE symposium, potential pharmacist participants prospectively completed two online needs analyses to determine the symposium’s topic and specific learning objectives. Upon completion of the symposium, participants evaluated the influence of completing the needs analyses by ranking their level of agreement, using a five-point Likert Scale (strongly agree to strongly disagree), with the following statements: “Being involved in the development of this symposium by completing both needs analyses: (1) influenced my decision and interest in attending today, (2) increased my satisfaction with the symposium, (3) led to a better designed CPE symposium, (4) led to more relevant CPE for my professional learning needs, (5) enhanced my ability to reflect on what my specific learning needs are.”
Results: Forty-four participants responded; twenty-three of them completed both needs analyses and 21 completed neither. Prospective needs analyses significantly influenced pharmacists’ decision to attend the CPE symposium (p<0.01), increased pharmacist satisfaction with the symposium (p<0.001), led to a better designed symposium (p<0.001), improved relevance to professional practice (p<0.01), and enhanced pharmacists’ ability to reflect on learning needs (p<0.05) compared to those who did not participate in the needs analyses.
Conclusions: Prospective needs analyses may increase pharmacist CPE symposium attendance, satisfaction, design, relevance, and self-reflection abilities.

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