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Why not study what what makes physicians nod off during scientific meetings? Anne Taylor-Vaisey yesterday sent this out to her CE Awareness Yahoo group. I have to admit that I laughed out loud when I saw the title, but it is a really good read:

Here is an important study, published in the December 7 2004 issue of CMAJ. Read this and such items as Referral request for S. Claus at

Auscultations

Rockwood K, Hogan DB, Patterson CJ, for The Nodding at Presentations Investigators. Incidence of and risk factors for nodding off at scientific sessions. CMAJ 2004; 171(12):1443-1445.

Abstract: We conducted a surreptitious, prospective, cohort study to explore how often physicians nod off during scientific meetings and to examine risk factors for nodding off. After counting the number of heads falling forward during 2 days of lectures, we calculated the incidence density curves for nodding-off episodes per lecture (NOELs) and assessed risk factors using logistic regression analysis. In this article we report our eye-opening results and suggest ways speakers can try to avoid losing their audience.

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Why not study what what makes physicians nod off during scientific meetings? Anne Taylor-Vaisey yesterday sent this out to her CE Awareness Yahoo group. I have to admit that I laughed out loud when I saw the title, but it is a really good read:

Here is an important study, published in the December 7 2004 issue of CMAJ. Read this and such items as Referral request for S. Claus at

Auscultations

Rockwood K, Hogan DB, Patterson CJ, for The Nodding at Presentations Investigators. Incidence of and risk factors for nodding off at scientific sessions. CMAJ 2004; 171(12):1443-1445.

Abstract: We conducted a surreptitious, prospective, cohort study to explore how often physicians nod off during scientific meetings and to examine risk factors for nodding off. After counting the number of heads falling forward during 2 days of lectures, we calculated the incidence density curves for nodding-off episodes per lecture (NOELs) and assessed risk factors using logistic regression analysis. In this article we report our eye-opening results and suggest ways speakers can try to avoid losing their audience.

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