Does healthcare conference attendance impact on practice, service and patient care?
Aim: The aim of this report is to demonstrate the impact of conference attendance on practice/service/patient care, and the value of networking post conference. The report was initiated by a discussion on twitter about the value of healthcare conferences and whether they were as some stated “just a jolly for doctors”.
Our evaluations which are completed when delegates leave the event at the end of the day demonstrated that 91% of HCUK delegates rated the event as excellent or good and 96% of our delegates would recommend the event to a colleague. However what we had no evidence of was whether attendance at the conference had any real impact on practice/service and patient care beyond attendance when delegates return to their organisation.
We sent a survey to all delegates who have attended our events in the last 2 years. We have had over 260 responses to this survey to date. The results are as follows which include both the free text comments and the percentages who answered the questions
Findings: 81% of those who responded to the survey said that attendance at a HCUK conference had impacted on their practice/service/patient care. Of the 19% who said it had not, 91% of those said that attendance had been useful in validating/confirming their current practice. In actual numbers only 3 people said that the conference had not had an impact or been useful in validating current practice.
We also asked whether the conference was useful for networking and whether the delegate had made contact with anyone from the event since the conference. 72% of delegates responded positively to this question. All free text comments have been included in this report both positive and negative. There are some great examples here of how conference attendance has had an impact on practice, services and patient care.
Download: Full Report of Findings4 August 2014