Educational Needs of General Practitioners in the Domain of Orthopedic Disorders: Investigating the Differences from the Viewpoints of Medical Trainees, Interns, Orthopedic Assistants, and Professors

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Hossein Akbari Aghdam 1 , Hamed Zandi-Esfahani 2 , Najimi Arash 3 , * , Mehdi Motififard 4 , Asghar Elmi 5 , Mahshid Telloo 6

1 Department of Orthopedics, Medical Faculty of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

2 Medical Student, Medical Intern of Medical Faculty of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

3 Department of Health Education and Promotion, Medical Education Research Centre, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

4 Department of Orthopedics, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

5 Department of Orthopedics, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Shohada Medical Research & Training Hospital, Tabriz, Iran

6 Resident of Internal Medicine, Firoozgar Hospital, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Akbari Aghdam H, Zandi-Esfahani H, Arash N, Motififard M, Elmi A, et al. Educational Needs of General Practitioners in the Domain of Orthopedic Disorders: Investigating the Differences from the Viewpoints of Medical Trainees, Interns, Orthopedic Assistants, and Professors, J Med Edu. 2019 ; 18(2):e105670. doi: 10.22037/jme.v18i2.23935.

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Journal of Medical Education: 18 (2); e105670
Published Online: October 20, 2019
Article Type: Research Article
Received: January 05, 2019
Accepted: May 12, 2019
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Abstract

Background: To characterize the educational needs of different sectors and to improve educational quality, investigating learners’ attitudes is of utmost importance. Thus, the present study was designed and implemented to assess the educational needs of general medicine from the viewpoints of medical trainees, interns, orthopedic assistants, and professors.Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 154 medical trainees, interns, orthopedic assistants, and professors at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran, in 2018 were investigated. The data collection instrument was a researcher-made questionnaire, comprised demographic characteristics information and 44 common symptoms of orthopedic disorders. The validity and the reliability of this research instrument was further reviewed and verified in a pilot study.Results: The findings of this study revealed top 10 priorities of  educational needs in the groups included low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, ankle sprain, General Principals of Fracture and Dislocation, lower limb fractures, diabetic foot problems, upper limb fractures, osteoporosis, and spinal discopathy, as well as complications of fractures and dislocations. Besides, a significant difference was among the study groups in the cases of low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetic foot problems, and spinal discopathy.Conclusion: The study results led to identify top 10 priorities of educational needs in general practitioners associated with orthopedic symptoms and disorders. It is recommended to carry out further investigations to ascertain appropriate contexts for teaching such priorities and organizing the relevant educational contents.

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