According to a nationwide study released recently by the Pri-Med Institute, Boston, effective CME can cause significant shifts in the clinical practice behavior of primary care physicians, especially in treating conditions for which guidelines for diagnosis and treatment are not yet widely accepted.

The institute asked the doctors who would be participating in future Pri-Med Updates conferences in nine cities across the country to analyze a specific case-based scenario. The scenario involved three conditions or disease states, and the doctors were to determine a diagnostic and treatment path. Four to six weeks after participating in the CME, the physicians were given the same case scenarios with the same instructions.

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