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Impact of an educational intervention on general practitioners’ skills in cognitive behavioural strategies

Marjan Kljakovic
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (5): 287-288.

To the Editor: The randomised controlled trial recently reported by Blashki and colleagues does not support their hypothesis.1 The drop-out rates in both arms of the trial were very high — only 62% of general practitioners in the intervention group and 54% in the control group completed the trial. One cannot have any confidence in their conclusion that a short training course can improve GP skills in the provision of cognitive behavioural strategies (CBS). For example, what if the 38% of GPs in the intervention group who dropped out actually deteriorated in their CBS skills and therefore declined to be videotaped?

  • Marjan Kljakovic

  • Rural and Indigenous Health, Australian National University Medical School, Canberra, ACT.


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