What is it about?

This study focused on Australian podiatrists who have the authority to prescribe medications. The research aimed to understand how these podiatrists engage in professional development activities related to their prescribing roles. The study found that most of these podiatrists completed the required hours of training, but fewer created specific learning plans. While many found the training accessible and affordable, they didn't feel it significantly improved their skills or confidence in practice. The study suggests that mandatory training hours might not be as effective as meaningful, goal-oriented learning.

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Why is it important?

This research is important because it highlights the need to improve the quality and relevance of continuing education for prescribing podiatrists to ensure they can provide high-quality care.


I hope this study contributes to the design of future professional development opportunities for podiatrists and helps support my profession to continue to provide safe and effective care to the public.

Saraid Martin
University of South Australia

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This page is a summary of: Continuing professional development opportunities for Australian endorsed for scheduled medicines podiatrists—What’s out there and is it accessible, relevant, and meaningful? A cross-sectional survey, PLoS ONE, September 2023, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0289217.
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