Highly Interactive Multi-Session Programs Impact Physician Behavior on Hypertension Management: Outcomes of a New CME Model



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  1. Errata: Erratum Volume 13, Issue 7, 538, Article first published online: 20 June 2011

Carole Drexel, PhD, Potomac Center for Medical Education, 8335 Guilford Road, Columbia, MD 21046
E-mail: cdrexel@potomacme.org


There has been much discussion and study about the role of continuing medical education (CME) in improving patient care. The authors describe the processes used to develop and implement a series of live, half-day, highly interactive CME events that addressed knowledge, competency, and performance gaps in hypertension diagnosis and management in the primary care community and successfully changed physician behavior toward improved patient outcomes. Participation in an intensive, highly interactive, case-based didactic program was significantly associated with an increase in clinician knowledge and competency in diagnosing and managing patients with hypertension. Participation was also associated with a high likelihood for practice change and making guideline-driven and evidence-based decisions to positively impact patient care. A greater portion of participants were able to identify the appropriate blood pressure goal and select the most appropriate pharmacotherapy regimen for specific patients. Quality of education index indicated that participants were 52% more likely to practice guideline-driven and evidence-based medicine than those who did not participate in the CME activity. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2011;13:97–105. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.