OBJECTIVE: Continuing education is a key priority for pharmacy workforce development and the achievement of the nation’s health goals. The current study was conducted to evaluate continuing medical education requirements for pharmacists’ re-registration in Saudi Arabia. It also aimed at establishing a continuous professional development (CPD) system that fills the gaps in the current continuing medical education (CME) system.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: A modified Delphi method was utilized. Data extraction and statement development (review of key documents) was initially conducted by benchmarking the current CME requirements for pharmacists’ re-registration in Saudi Arabia to continuing professional development models from 3 countries: the UK, Ireland, and Australia. This stage identified the gaps in the current model and was used in developing the data collection tool (11 statements). A 3-round Delphi, with 15 expert panel members, was used to reach consensus and to establish a suggested guideline document for a national CPD model for pharmacists’ re-registration in Saudi Arabia.
RESULTS: A CPD model for pharmacists’ re-registration was developed. Panel members reached consensus on the need to shift the current CME system to a CPD model and individualize CPD plans according to the pharmacists’ identified knowledge gaps and areas of practice. They agreed on the incorporation of unplanned activities and non-accredited CPD activities into the new model if they improve pharmacists’ practice. They also noted that the current biennial re-registration is appropriate, considering pharmacists’ busy work schedules.
CONCLUSIONS: This study used the modified Delphi technique to develop a suggested CPD model for pharmacists’ re-registration in Saudi Arabia. Expert panel members reached consensus on shifting from a CME model to a CPD model, increasing CPD credits to 40 per annum and incorporating unplanned CPD activities, while keeping re-registration to every two years.Free PDF Download
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D. Almaghaslah, A. Alasayari
A modified Delphi study to establish consensus on continuing education requirements for pharmacists’ relicensing in Saudi Arabia
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 26 - N. 15