Radiographers’ attitudes towards continuous professional development (CPD) at state hospitals in Windhoek Namibia

Clarence Uarije, Edwin Ralph Daniels, Luzanne Kalondo, Mondjila Amkongo, Christine Damases-Kasi, Caroline Nabasenja

Abstract


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.


Keywords


continuous professional education, continuing education units

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The South African Radiographer | ISSN 0258 0241

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