Kaveh G. Shojania, MD; Ivan Silver, MD, MEd; Wendy Levinson, MD
Acknowledgment: The authors thank Drs. Eric Holmboe, Robert Wachter, and Dave Davis for their comments on earlier drafts of the manuscript.
Grant Support: Dr. Shojania receives salary support from the Government of Canada Research Chairs Program.
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Current Author Addresses: Dr. Shojania: University of Toronto Centre for Patient Safety, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Room H468, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5, Canada.
Dr. Silver: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 33 Russell Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S1, Canada.
Dr. Levinson: Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Suite 3-805, R. Fraser Elliott Building, 190 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C4, Canada.
Author Contributions: Conception and design: K.G. Shojania, I. Silver, W. Levinson.
Analysis and interpretation of the data: I Silver.
Drafting of the article: K.G. Shojania, I. Silver, W. Levinson.
Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: K.G. Shojania, I. Silver.
Final approval of the article: K.G. Shojania, I. Silver, W. Levinson.
Administrative, technical, or logistic support: W. Levinson.
Collection and assembly of data: I. Silver.
Shojania KG, Silver I, Levinson W. Continuing Medical Education and Quality Improvement: A Match Made in Heaven?. Ann Intern Med. 2012;156:305-308. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-156-4-201202210-00008
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(4):305-308.
New models of continuing medical education (CME) seek not only to impart knowledge but to change physicians' behavior and even play a role in facilitating organizational improvement. These CME models thus share some of the same basic goals as the field of quality improvement (QI), namely behavioral change and systems redesign to improve patient outcomes.
This article provides some practical ideas about how CME providers and QI experts may beneficially integrate these 2 fields. It outlines several models for harnessing the existing engagement in traditional CME to achieve the goal of equipping practitioners with knowledge and skills related to QI, while also addressing the widely recognized problems with traditional CME. The authors touch on possible incentives to make such integrated models of CME and QI attractive to practitioners.
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