CME providers say outcomes studies are the best gauge of program effectiveness. But clinicians call surveys a hassle. You can use them better (and less).
Sep 1, 2006
Outcomes Studies have become an increasingly important part of assessing the effectiveness of CME in recent years. But with increased popularity comes a danger: physician overload. Many states require clinicians to earn as many as 50 CME credits per year, at one to four credits per program. If providers conduct outcomes measurement studies for each program they offer, as some do, clinicians could be asked to complete ten or more outcomes surveys in just one year's time.