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According to a new survey, healthcare professionals say that certified continuing medical education is more valuable to them than journal articles and other publications, speakers bureau programs, and promotional and other non-certified education when it comes to improving their practice and their patient outcomes.
Certified CME's Value to HCPs
On a four-point scale—where 1 means the item in question is not a valuable source of information/education to support professional practice and patient outcome improvement and 4 means it is a very valuable step toward those goals—CME garnered a 3.6. Journal articles and publications came in second at 3.4, followed by speakers bureau programs (2.6) and medical science liaison visits (2.3). Promotional/other non-certified education and sales rep visits both were rated 2.1, and direct-to-consumer advertising came in last with a 1.7 rating. Among the 89 percent of HCPs who complete more hours than are required, 28 percent said they complete more than 50 hours of certified CME annually.
Why would they do that? Forty-five percent of the respondents said they do more than they have to so they can learn more about new and emerging therapies, while 27 percent participate in additional accredited CME in order to gain additional unbiased/evidence-based information. Another 21 percent seek out additional CME to learn beyond their core areas of expertise. As one respondent said, “The farther I get from medical school, the more I know I don’t know.”