The push is on to determine if the copious dollars expended to fund CME programs nationally actually translate to better patient care. The buzz phrase in the CME world these days is “outcomes measurement,” i.e., the role continuing medical education plays in improving patient outcomes — if any. Some naysayers argue that it's impossible to derive any direct outcomes measurement from CME programs. They insist that there are too many variables along the way to accurately predict whether an ...

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