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Research Article  |   October 1987
Continuing Education for Health Professionals
Author Affiliations
  • Harold L. Cook, PhD, is Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Medical Allied Health Professions, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514
  • Madeline Beery, MEd, is Instructional Design Consultant at the School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Suzanne V. H. Sauter, MD, is Director, Rehabilitation Program, at the School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Robert F. DeVellis, PhD, is Assistant Director, Rehabilitation Program, at the School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Article Information
Arthritis / Musculoskeletal Impairments / Features
Research Article   |   October 1987
Continuing Education for Health Professionals
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1987, Vol. 41, 652-657. doi:10.5014/ajot.41.10.652
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1987, Vol. 41, 652-657. doi:10.5014/ajot.41.10.652
Abstract

Although continuing education in the health professions is an important endeavor, it has been largely neglected in the professional literature. Few studies have been done on (a) conceptual models to guide the design and implementation of continuing education and (b) the use of such models in continuing education. To fill this gap, two such models are described in this article: (a) instructional development and (b) community development. Combining and using these models can lead to more effective continuing education with more enduring effects. Principles to guide the implementation of these models are presented. An arthritis continuing education project based on the instructional and community development models is used to illustrate these principles. This continuing education project focused on occupational and physical therapists in clinical practice.