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SOCIAL NEWS: New data shows more doctors are learning online

The number of doctors completing online education courses has rapidly increased in recent months, according to Doctors.net.uk.

During the second quarter of this year, there was a 31 per cent rise in the number of unique users who finished online education modules via Doctors.net.uk compared to the same period in 2012.

A total of 22,275 Doctors.net.uk online education modules have been completed in the past quarter. 

Online quizzes have proved to be a particularly popular type of module with a total of 2,168 unique users completing them in June this year compared to 967 in June 2012 - an increase of 124 per cent.

Dr Tim Ringrose, CEO of Doctors.net.uk, said: “Our data shows that more and more doctors are discovering the value of online education, which enables them to complete their CPD at a time and pace that suits them.

“Evidence suggests that it has a strong influence on their working practices; 60 per cent of GPs said that they have changed their practice as a result of taking these online courses. That means doctors are better informed to deliver better healthcare and to ensure our limited NHS resources are used to best effect.”

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