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Continuing medical education does not guarantee standards

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 08 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:129
  1. Peter Burrows
  1. General practitioner Romsey, Hanpshire SO51 6BY

    EDITOR,--In her editorial on recertification of general practitioners Tessa Richards correctly identifies the weakness of the General Medical Services Committee's proposal when she says that “little evidence exists that accumulating continuing medical education ‘credits' improves performance or affects outcomes.”1 Sadly, the profession cannot claim that participation in continuing medical education provides any guarantee of the standards of practice of a general practitioner. If recertification is to provide quality assurance for the public and health authorities it must also …

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