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Can Fam Physician. 1996 Feb;42:272-6.

Measuring the effectiveness of a pilot continuing medical education program.

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St Boniface General Hospital, Family Practice Residency Training Program.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate a learner-centred, small group CME program intended to improve the clinical performance of family physicians identified as having serious practice deficiencies by the University of Manitoba's Clinical Assessment and Enhancement Program.

DESIGN:

Nonrandomized control trial in which data were collected from patients' charts and physician performance was evaluated. Differences in subjects' scores were tested at program entry and at 6 months and 18 months later using a two-way analysis of variance.

SETTING:

Family medicine practices in Manitoba.

PARTICIPANTS:

Fifteen family physicians: five study subjects and 10 control subjects. The five study subjects were identified as needing CME to improve their clinical performance. The 10 control subjects were randomly selected.

INTERVENTIONS:

Participants attended a 10-session, learner-centred, small group CME program.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Clinical care, preventive care, charting, and the use of drugs were the variables assessed.

RESULTS:

Study subjects' initial scores were much lower than those of controls, but improved significantly during the CME program.

CONCLUSION:

A learner-centred, small group CME program can improve clinical performance.

PMID:
9222576
PMCID:
PMC2146281
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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