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ID 19335
  Title CPD [continuing professional development] . . . What’s the point? [Presented at the 1st College of Chiropractors’ Research Conference, 16th June 2006, BMA House, London, UK]
Journal Clin Chiropr. 2006 Dec;9(4):190-192
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Meeting Abstract
Abstract/Notes Excerpt: Continuing professional development (CPD) is now viewed as an important requirement for all professionals, particularly those involved in health care. It is assumed that CPD supports professional development and improves clinical practice and patient outcomes; however, some commentators question this, particularly since CPD activity is believed to contribute only marginally to improving public health and has not been shown to change what is actually done at the bedside. It is further assumed that a commitment to lifelong learning is necessary for practitioners to keep up to date with the rapid advances in research. This is certainly true in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy where medical breakthroughs, technological advances and new clinical approaches occur almost on a daily basis. The knowledge, skills and understanding achieved on graduation are not considered sufficient to inform clinicians throughout their professional career; and yet some chiropractic techniques used in the early 20th century are still in use today. There have of course been many innovative breakthroughs in how chiropractors run their practices and treat patients, but these have made their way only gradually into the lexicon of chiropractic procedures.

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