CME Increases Likelihood That Clinicians Will Provide Evidence-Based Care to AFib Patients During 12,000 Monthly Visits

Policy and Medicine (01/23/2020) Sullivan, Thomas

A Rockpointe study presented at the 25th Annual Atrial Fibrillation Symposium found continuing medical education for atrial fibrillation (AFib) patients and clinicians raises the probability of patients receiving evidence-based care. Rockpointe reviewed three live activities in conjunction with chapter meetings of the American College of Physicians, three live activities at Medical Education Exchange Regional Conferences, and an online enduring webcourse hosted on Primary Issues. Comparison of pre- and post-activity test scores revealed that participants were about 50 percent more likely to deliver evidence-based care for AFib following the activity, potentially improving care during more than 12,000 monthly AFib patient visits. Pre-test scores also verified the need for additional education to the broader target audience on identifying patients at high risk for stroke who have not been diagnosed with AFib; using the CHA2DS2-VASc Risk Score; and individualizing oral anticoagulant therapy in AFib patients.

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