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Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2009 Oct;280(4):683-7. doi: 10.1007/s00404-009-1128-7. Epub 2009 Jun 3.

Best evidence continuous medical education.

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Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Fulham Road, London, SW10 9NH, UK.


Health care professionals need to approach their profession with a view to life long learning. They need to develop a strategy to meet their learning needs in a reflective and effective manner. Continuous medical educational (CME) is the traditional tool for learning and updating knowledge. Most of them are in the forms of courses, conferences, journal clubs and workshops. They are mostly didactic sessions and evidence suggests that they are not effective to improve the clinical skills and attitude. Systematic review of teaching evidence-based medicine shows that interactive and clinically integrated learning is the most effective form of learning. It enhances knowledge and skills. Professionals should view CME in a holistic manner in the context of continuous professional development (CPD) and even in the wider concept of knowledge translation, which encompasses both CME and CPD. e Learning is one of the most important forms of non-traditional CME. It provides an efficient and increasingly interactive delivery system that can handle complex and layered information. More work needs to be done to see its effectiveness for practising clinicians.

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