Health practitioner (HP) use of online social networks for learning and knowledge sharing has increased in the past decade, leading to the evolution of virtual communities of practice (VCoP). However, there is limited research on VCoP use for HPs’ continuing professional development (CPD) as a legitimate means of learning and sharing knowledge with their peers from a tools perspective. This paper continues our previous work about design and role considerations to explore HPs’ perceptions of using a VCoP for CPD purposes and reports qualitative study findings from two focus groups conducted with 12 HPs in each group. Our findings suggest that our design and role considerations are important when designing a sustainable Health VCoP for CPD. We identify a new design construct (Patient Information Anonymisation) that extends our conceptual model, and make theoretical and practical contributions that extend the Health VCoP literature.
Murad, Abdulaziz; Lederman, Reeva; Bosua, Rachelle; Chang, Shanton; Pirotta, Marie; and Wark, John D, "Health Practitioner Perceptions of using a Health Virtual Community of Practice for their Continuing Professional Development" (2017). PACIS 2017 Proceedings. 227.