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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 425-428

A cross-sectional study of the knowledge and attitude of medical laboratory personnel regarding continuing professional development


1 Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria
2 Department of Laboratory Sciences, Kauna Specialist Hospital, Jos Plateau, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Ekwempu Adaobi Ifeoma
Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Medical Science, University of Jos, Plataeu State
Nigeria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0300-1652.171617

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Background: Continuing professional development (CPD) in Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) is aimed at equipping laboratory professionals with the necessary skills to enhance practice. The laboratory scientists are usually the first contact between the patient and health care system in aspects of diagnosis and monitory of diseases. As such, it becomes imperative to assess the knowledge of laboratory personnel regarding CPD. Materials and Methods: Self-administered questionnaires were distributed to 200 laboratory personnel's attending the maiden CPD workshop organized by the Association of MLS in Jos the Plateau state capital. Results: One hundred and thirty-five (82 males and 53 females) of the 200 administered questionnaires were returned. Only 32 of them (23.7%) attended CPD program in the last 1 year with 10 (7.5%) engaging in online CPD. Five (3.7%) of the respondents had the privilege to attend an international CPD. Majority (95.2%) of the respondents identified CPD as an essential component of professional career development. Lack of sponsorship was identified as a major setback in CPD efficiency by 93.8% of respondents. About 58 (46.4%) noted that poor attendance in CPD workshops was due to unavailability of policy guideline for CPD. One hundred and twenty (95.2%) of respondents had an aim of improving their skills after attending CPD workshops. Conclusion: The overall attitude of Nigerian MLS toward attending CPD workshop is poor; however, the knowledge regarding the importance of CPD is adequate. There exists a gap between sponsorship for CPD by various institutions and MLS.


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