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Educational readiness among health professionals in rheumatology: Low awareness of EULAR offerings and unfamiliarity with the course content as major barriers—results of a EULAR-funded European survey

Ritschl, Valentin; Sperl, Lisa; Andrews, Margaret Renn; Björk, Mathilda; Boström, Carina; Cappon, Jeannette; Davergne, Thomas; de la Torre-Aboki, Jenny; de Thurah, Annette; Domján, Andrea; Dragoi, Razvan Gabriel; Estévez-López, Fernando; Ferreira, Ricardo J.O.; Fragoulis, George E.; Grygielska, Jolanta; Kõrve, Katti; Kukkurainen, Marja Leena; Madelaine-Bonjour, Christel; Marques, Andréa; Meesters, Jorit; Moe, Rikke Helene; Moholt, Ellen; Mosor, Erika; Naimer-Stach, Claudia; Ndosi, Mwidimi; Pchelnikova, Polina; Primdahl, Jette; Putrik, Polina; Rausch Osthoff, Anne Kathrin; Smucrova, Hana; Testa, Marco; van Bodegom-Vos, Leti; Peter, Wilfred F.; Zangi, Heidi A.; Zimba, Olena; Vliet Vlieland, Theodora P.M.; Stamm, Tanja A.

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Valentin Ritschl

Lisa Sperl

Margaret Renn Andrews

Mathilda Björk

Carina Boström

Jeannette Cappon

Thomas Davergne

Jenny de la Torre-Aboki

Annette de Thurah

Andrea Domján

Razvan Gabriel Dragoi

Fernando Estévez-López

Ricardo J.O. Ferreira

George E. Fragoulis

Jolanta Grygielska

Katti Kõrve

Marja Leena Kukkurainen

Christel Madelaine-Bonjour

Andréa Marques

Jorit Meesters

Rikke Helene Moe

Ellen Moholt

Erika Mosor

Claudia Naimer-Stach

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Dr Mwidimi Ndosi
Associate Professor in Nursing Rheumatology

Polina Pchelnikova

Jette Primdahl

Polina Putrik

Anne Kathrin Rausch Osthoff

Hana Smucrova

Marco Testa

Leti van Bodegom-Vos

Wilfred F. Peter

Heidi A. Zangi

Olena Zimba

Theodora P.M. Vliet Vlieland

Tanja A. Stamm


BACKGROUND: Ongoing education of health professionals in rheumatology (HPR) is critical for high-quality care. An essential factor is education readiness and a high quality of educational offerings. We explored which factors contributed to education readiness and investigated currently offered postgraduate education, including the European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology (EULAR) offerings. METHODS AND PARTICIPANTS: We developed an online questionnaire, translated it into 24 languages and distributed it in 30 European countries. We used natural language processing and the Latent Dirichlet Allocation to analyse the qualitative experiences of the participants as well as descriptive statistics and multiple logistic regression to determine factors influencing postgraduate educational readiness. Reporting followed the Checklist for Reporting Results of Internet E-Surveys guideline. RESULTS: The questionnaire was accessed 3589 times, and 667 complete responses from 34 European countries were recorded. The highest educational needs were 'professional development', 'prevention and lifestyle intervention'. Older age, more working experience in rheumatology and higher education levels were positively associated with higher postgraduate educational readiness. While more than half of the HPR were familiar with EULAR as an association and the respondents reported an increased interest in the content of the educational offerings, the courses and the annual congress were poorly attended due to a lack of awareness, comparatively high costs and language barriers. CONCLUSIONS: To promote the uptake of EULAR educational offerings, attention is needed to increase awareness among national organisations, offer accessible participation costs, and address language barriers.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 29, 2023
Online Publication Date May 25, 2023
Publication Date May 25, 2023
Deposit Date May 28, 2023
Publicly Available Date May 30, 2023
Journal RMD Open
Electronic ISSN 2056-5933
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 2
Keywords Immunology; Immunology and Allergy; Rheumatology
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