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Designing an educational programme in mental health for general practitioners in South Africa

South African Journal of Psychiatry

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Title Designing an educational programme in mental health for general practitioners in South Africa
Creator Nichol, Richard John de Klerk, Brenda Nel, Maria Magdalena Van Zyl, Gert Jacobus Hay, John Francis
Subject Psychiatry; Public Health adult learning; blended learning; curriculum; Delphi technique; e-learning; higher education; mental health; outcomes-based education; postgraduate education; primary healthcare; psychiatry Medical Education
Description Background. With the new Mental Health Care Act in use, additional demands will be placed on general practitioners to provide adequate care for mental health patients. The College of Psychiatry of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa awards a Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health (PGDipMH) to medical doctors, but there is no standardised formal tuition or curriculum available to potential candidates.Objectives. A study was undertaken to design a postgraduate programme using a six-step process to assist medical practitioners in preparing for the PGDipMH.Methods. The Delphi research method, a nomi nal group technique for developing forecasts and trends based on the collective opinion of knowledgeable experts, was used. Data, obtained by means of closed items in a questionnaire, were analysed, and the opinions and ideas of the expert respondents were used to adapt the formulated set of criteria for each subsequent round of Delphi. This process was repeated until 80% consensus or stability had been reached. After the last round, a framework and final set of criteria were compiled.Results. The preferred mode of teaching was online distance learning utilising electronic learning and limited formal learning. The content of the curriculum was based on the findings of the Delphi study experts. The programme as a complete entity contains six steps.Conclusion. Using the recommendations and findings of the Delphi panel, a comprehensive programme was developed, which shows an appreciation for the interfaces between the different role-players (the patient/so-called mental healthcare user and the doctor as learner), outcomes-based education and distance learning.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2014-04-30
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Findings from Delphi survey
Format application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v20i1.487
Source South African Journal of Psychiatry; Vol 20, No 1 (2014); 5 pages 2078-6786 1608-9685
Language eng
Coverage — — Delphi Survey
Rights Copyright (c) 2015 Richard John Nichol, Brenda de Klerk, Maria Magdalena Nel, Gert Jacobus Van Zyl, John Francis Hay