Docs aren't too good yet at identifying potential biological terrorism attacks, according to a study published yesterday in the Archives of Internal Medicine and discussed in The Boston Globe (free reg. req'd). From the Globe article:
- Trainee doctors misdiagnosed diseases caused by biological terror more than half the time, but an online program improved skills, a study has found.
While the study focused on residents and newly minted physicians, I'd put money on established docs not doing much better—they don't treat many people with anthrax, plague, or smallpox, after all. CME providers, I hope you're working to take up the slack here, especially since President Bush's 2006 budget eliminates the $252 million line item, ''health professions training activities," in the Health Resources and Services Administration that Congress pushed through last year.