SEA change – the use of significant event analysis in primary care teaching

Ciaran Conway*, Trevor D B Thompson

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Significant event analysis (SEA) is a concept familiar to clinicians as a means to facilitate group learning. Our academic primary care teaching team recognised that often significant educational events are not afforded the same formal evaluation and reflection. We designed a proforma for the analysis of events in our setting and scheduled regular meetings to discuss those events raised. In this paper we describe a year long trial of our novel Significant Event Analysis for Education (SEAFE)

The pilot was evaluated using an online questionnaire.

Over the 12 months of the pilot 18 separate SEAFEs were raised and discussed with a wide range of subjects covered. 78% of our team felt that the use of SEAFEs had improved their practice as clinical academics and 89% supported the continued use of SEAFE.

We have demonstrated that SEA can be used in an academic primary care educational setting to bring about group learning and improvement in academic practice. We are planning to continue the use of SEAFE within our team with plans to try to pilot this outside of a primary care setting soon.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-330
Number of pages4
JournalEducation for Primary Care
Issue number6
Early online date29 Jun 2022
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2022

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