Radiographers’ attitudes towards continuous professional development (CPD) at state hospitals in Windhoek Namibia
Keywords:continuous professional education, continuing education units
Purpose: Continuing professional development (CPD) is a systematic and ongoing process of education undertaken by health professionals to maintain up-to-date knowledge and develop professional skills. CPD activities are formal or informal. This research investigated radiographers’ attitudes towards CPD at state hospitals in Windhoek. The research objectives were to determine: the factors responsible for the radiographers’ participation in and attitudes towards CPD; radiographers’ opinions towards mandatory CPD; and radiographers’ attitudes towards the department’s management support of CPD activities.
Methods: Questionnaires were distributed to 14 radiographers at state hospitals in Windhoek.
Results: There was a response rate of 100% (n=14). Ninety-three percent of the respondents indicated that radiographers’ CPD is not well structured. Seventy-one percent showed a willingness to participate in CPD activities; 79% were unsatisfied with how their departments’ management motivates, supports, and encourages them to partake in CPD activities. Ninety-three percent were of the opinion that radiographers’ CPD should be mandatory whereas 57% indicated that their certification should not be dependent on compulsory CPD requirements.
Conclusion: The results showed that the majority of respondents were self-motivated to engage in CPD activities. However, 57% expressed their despondency regarding the dependence of council registration on CPD participation. The majority (93%) indicated that the CPD programmes are not well structured. Thus the recommendation would be to create conducive conditions for successful participation in CPD activities.
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