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Overworked doctors learn ineffectively

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 23 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:e

Doctors who feel overworked are likely to take a superficial approach to learning, be motivated by external forces, and perceive many barriers to continuing medical education. Delva and colleagues (p 1218) examined attitudes to learning among doctors in Ontario. They report that doctors who felt they had choice and were well supported were more likely to learn effectively and to be self motivated. Younger, rural, and family physicians were most likely to report heavy workloads and be vulnerable to ineffective learning. Regulatory bodies, medical educators, and doctors themselves need to understand the factors that affect lifelong learning.

(Credit: SPL)

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