Continuing professional development and social accountability: A review of the literature
The idea that health professionals should be accountable to the society they serve is not a new concept and by the 1990s, the continuing professional development (CPD) of health professionals was being seen as one way in which Canadians' level of health could be improved. The public was, and is still today, increasingly demanding a system that is more responsive to regional and community needs. As a result, there is a need for more health professional education at all stages of the education continuum – undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing professional development – that meets the health and social needs of the populations being served. The trend is now towards ‘socially accountable’ health care, meaning that the broader context of CPD must also include the personal, social, and political aspects of health care and as such, involve a widening of accountability to patients, the community, managers and policymakers. CPD planning must take into account local and national priorities as well as personal...