Letters

Does continuing medical education work?

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7558.99-c (Published 06 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:99
  1. Christopher M Buttery, professor of public health (rokimbo@comcast.net)
  1. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23298, USA

    EDITOR—There seems to be some inborn belief among editors and educators that continuing medical education (CME) works.1 What is the evidence? The few attempts to measure effectiveness have been less than satisfactory. Recall may be fine immediately after a lecture, but how is it three to six months later? How do we measure changes in practice? What causes those changes? How much …

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