What Drives Performance Change: Assessing the Impact of Publications vs Continuing Medical Education

Track: Research

Session Number: 2042
Date: Wed, Sep 27th, 2017
Time: 11:55 AM - 12:10 PM

Description:

This session will present original research using a randomized 4-arm study, which examined the relative impact of medical education vs. publications on physician clinical decision making. The rigorous research methodology randomized practicing oncologists (n = 203) to one of four study arms: clinicians who completed CME on new oncology evidence; clinicians who read a publication on new oncology evidence; clinicians who both completed the CME and read the publication; and a control arm who were not exposed to either the CME or the publication. The study results demonstrate that, among this sample of oncologists, reading a publication improves clinical decision making, whereas CME is associated with larger improvements in clinician performance, and CME plus publications is associated with the largest improvement comparatively, with statistically significant improvement in clinical performance compared to the other arms of the study. The conclusion of this novel, head-to-head study of CME vs publications is that publications are essential to improve clinician performance, though not sufficient; CME is a critical component to improved physician decision making. These important findings demonstrate the value of medical education as a critical component within the set of practice improvement activities within which clinicians engage to ensure that they are equipped to deliver high quality care.
Session Type: Case Based Learning

Learning Objective 1: Articulate how research demonstrates that publications are essential but are alone not sufficient for improving physician decision making in practice
Learning Objective 2: Demonstrate the value of medical education to improve clinician performance
Learning Objective 3: Identify the unique impact of medical education among the set of activities that improve clinician practice
Session Type: Case Based Learning

Learning Objective 1: Articulate how research demonstrates that publications are essential but are alone not sufficient for improving physician decision making in practice
Learning Objective 2: Demonstrate the value of medical education to improve clinician performance
Learning Objective 3: Identify the unique impact of medical education among the set of activities that improve clinician practice