Kaveh G. Shojania, MD; Ivan Silver, MD, MEd; Wendy Levinson, MD
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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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.
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