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MANUSCRIPT: Online continuing medical education (CME) for GPs: does it work? A systematic review.

BACKGROUND:
Numerous studies have assessed the effectiveness of online continuing medical education (CME) designed to improve healthcare professionals’ care of patients. The effects of online educational interventions targeted at general practitioners (GP), however, have not been systematically reviewed.
METHODS:
A computer search was conducted through seven databases for studies assessing changes in GPs’ knowledge and practice, or patient outcomes following an online educational intervention.
RESULTS:
Eleven studies met the eligibility criteria. Most studies (8/11, 72.7%) found a significant improvement in at least one of the fol-lowing outcomes: satisfaction, knowledge or practice change. There was little evidence for the impact of online CME on patient outcomes. Variability in study design, characteristics of online and outcome measures limited conclusions on the effects of online CME.
DISCUSSION:
Online CME could improve GP satisfaction, knowledge and practices but there are very few well-designed studies that focus on this delivery method of GP education.

via Online continuing medical education (CME)… [Aust Fam Physician. 2014] – PubMed – NCBI.

Brian S McGowan, PhD

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Brian is a research scientist and educational technologist. He helped transform Pfizer’s Medical Education Group and previously served in educational leadership roles at HealthAnswers, Inc.; Acumentis, LLC.; Cephalon; and Wyeth. He taught graduate medical education programs at Arcadia University for 10 years. Dr. McGowan recently authored the book "#socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare" and has been invited to speak internationally on the subject of information flow, technology, and learning in healthcare.

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