A survey of the attitude of dental surgeons in the Republic of Ireland to continuing education was carried out by means of a Questionnaire. Replies were received from 21 per cent of the dentists in the Republic and the questions covered qualifications; methods of keeping in touch with current knowledge and of revising previous knowledge; journals taken; attendances at lectures, group discussion and courses; opinions on courses required, on the correlation of courses and on the types of courses. It was clear that there was considerable interest in continuing education but most experience (86 per cent) over a three year period had been confined to occasional scientific meetings and group discussions. The numbers attending authentic courses decreased (51–23 per cent) in proportion to the length of the courses. Motivations and incentives were also considered.
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Cowan, A. Continuing education: A survey of the attitudes of the dental profession in Ireland. IJMS 145, 69–83 (1976). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02938922