This 2009 report, funded by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, aims to provide both overall findings and trends related to honoraria policies and procedures and segment-specific data. The results will be shared to allow members to benchmark their practices and procedures against those of others in similar settings.
The Alliance partnered with McKinley Marketing, Inc. to deploy an electronic survey. The electronic survey was sent in April 2009 to 1,049 members. The participants were selected at random and only one contact per member institution was invited to participate, to prevent skewing the data. The survey yielded a response rate of 27.7% (291 responses.) Typically, a response rate between 20.0% and 30.0% is considered very strong, which underscores the validity of the results and ensures that the data collected is representative of the membership.
The survey was sent to the following member audiences:
- Hospitals/Health Systems
- Medical Specialty Societies
- Medical Education & Communication Companies (MECCA)
- Medical Schools
- State Medical Societies
- Health Care Education Associations
- Federal Health Care Educators
Several trends emerge from the overall survey results. These trends provide insight into current policies surrounding CME honoraria payments. The findings are summarized in this report, both by overall findings and by specific member sections.