Can Clinicians Change?
We had a journal club in class today-discussing an article about the development and implementation of Clinical Prediction Rules (CPR). While we were discussing the article, the conversation led to comments regarding how to change clinicians' decision-making when a newly formed CPR presents itself.
If a clinician has been practicing for 30 years and determining patients at risk for DVT formation, what are the chances that he/she will stop their old habits and begin using a CPR? I guess the real question is: can you change the behavior of a practicing clinician?
Furthermore, how effective are Continuing Education (CE) courses for clinicians? While the information may be interesting, does it really change how we treat patients? Do clinicians take CE courses because they want to learn-or because they need another 10 hours to complete, and if it has to be in a lumbar manipulation course, so be it?
I'm 24 years old and I've been trained to learn. I can recognize important parts in a lecture, memorize it, and regurgitate it later. I feel like my whole life has been writing notes, typing study guides, reviewing techniques and taking exams. How is the transition made into the clinical world? Will I ever get stuck in a rut?
Maybe the answer is that it depends on the person. If you have the passion and the will to keep learning, it will come naturally.
"Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life." - Henry Doherty