Disclosures: The authors report none.
Consequences of a Lack of Standardization of Continuing Education Terminology: The Case of Practice Facilitation and Educational Outreach
Article first published online: 19 MAR 2014
© 2014 The Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education, and the Council on Continuing Medical Education, Association for Hospital Medical Education.
Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 83–86, Winter 2014
How to Cite
Van Hoof, T. J. and Miller, N. E. (2014), Consequences of a Lack of Standardization of Continuing Education Terminology: The Case of Practice Facilitation and Educational Outreach. J. Contin. Educ. Health Prof., 34: 83–86. doi: 10.1002/chp.21212
- Issue published online: 19 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 19 MAR 2014
- continuing education;
- quality improvement;
- educational outreach;
- academic detailing;
- practice facilitation;
- interprofessional education;
- quality improvement/six sigma/TQM;
- evaluation-educational intervention
Systematic reviews published in the quality improvement and continuing education literature have noted that the lack of standardized terminology for categorizing and describing various interventions in published studies is a major obstacle to drawing conclusions about their effectiveness. A case in point is practice facilitation and educational outreach. Although they are 2 long-standing interventions with some common characteristics, researchers studying 1 intervention may be unfamiliar with the other given the relatively separate literatures that have developed around both sets of terms. A comparison of articles included in recent systematic reviews of practice facilitation and educational outreach revealed a small but significant overlap of articles, journals, key words, and noncorresponding authors, but no overlap of corresponding authors. Based on these findings, the authors join the call for the creation of an intervention taxonomy and its application to these and other continuing education interventions.