New Evidence Report on Effectiveness of CME

AHRQ released a new evidence report that finds that there is little good-quality
research evaluating the effectiveness of continuing medical education (CME),
but most studies suggest that it does improve and maintain the knowledge, skills,
and performance of physicians. The most effective CME may be live programs
and those that require active participation by physicians, deliver content in multiple
formats (e.g., live and video), and use more than one teaching method (e.g., lecture
and case studies). Programs that provided repeated exposure to the content were
usually more beneficial than programs that provided a single exposure. There is also
some evidence supporting the effectiveness of simulation programs that use
computers, models, or hands-on instruction to teach procedures, physical exam skills,
or communication skills. Based on the available studies, it cannot be determined if
physician characteristics (e.g., age or gender) and other factors (e.g., specialty or
years in practice) influence the impact of CME. The report was prepared by AHRQ’s
Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center in Baltimore.
Click here to review the report.  
A print copy is available by sending an e-mail to ahrqpubs@ahrq.hhs.gov
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