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Online CME on par with live events

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Oct. 3, 2005

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Online continuing medical education had as much impact on physician behavior as live CME workshops, according to a study published in the Sept. 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The trial included 97 primary care physicians who were assigned to an Internet-based CME course that could be completed over two weeks, or a single live, small-group, interactive CME workshop.

Both courses used instructional approaches demonstrated to be effective in live settings, with content based on the National Institutes of Health's National Cholesterol Education program.

The study found that both events produced similar and significant knowledge gains for the doctors immediately after finishing the course and 12 weeks later.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2005/10/03/prbf1003.htm.

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