MANUSCRIPT: Effects of online palliative care training on knowledge, attitude and satisfaction of primary care physicians
Background: The Spanish Palliative Care Strategy recommends an intermediate level of training for primary care physicians in order to provide them with knowledge and skills. Most of the training involves face-to-face courses but increasing pressures on physicians have resulted in fewer opportunities for provision of and attendance to this type of training. The effectiveness of on-line continuing medical education in terms of its impact on clinical practice has been scarcely studied. Its effect in relation to palliative care for primary care physicians is currently unknown, in terms of improvement in patient’s quality of life and main caregiver’s satisfaction. There is uncertainty
too in terms of any potential benefits of asynchronous communication and interaction among on-line education participants, as well as of the effect of the learning process.