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December 22, 2014

Americas: CME Plays Key Role in Improving Patient Outcomes

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Studies have repeatedly shown that physicians who are educated about the latest medical advances make more informed treatment decisions, resulting in improved patient outcomes. For example, physicians who attended an industry-supported educational program on COPD were 50 percent more likely to provide evidence-based care than nonparticipants, according to a session called “Improving COPD Patient Outcomes: Breaking Down the Barriers to Optimal Care” held at the 2010 American College of Chest Physicians Annual meeting. A hypertension activity brought similarly impressive practice improvements, according to a study written about in the February 2011 Journal of Clinical Hypertension. The September 2011 issue of Annals of Family Medicine offers another study that showed that heart disease patients whose doctors took an interactive education program had a “significantly reduced risk of death over 10 years compared with those whose doctors didn't receive the education.” 

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology this year compared oncologists’ responses to case studies with optimal answers based on national kidney cancer guidelines and input from renal cell carcinoma experts. Many doctors did not score as well as they could have. 

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