Self-directed continuing medical education at the point-of-care: implications for cost and value

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Purpose 

There is a growing interest in the use of point-of-care clinical decision support resources as a form of continuing medical education (CME). This paper models various cost and value outcomes that might emerge from the use of a clinical decision support tool (BMJ Best Practice) as CME.

Methods   

BMJ Best Practice is the clinical decision support tool of the BMJ. Healthcare professionals can use it to do self-directed CME. We modeled the use of clinical decision support as a component of CME and evaluated the potential impact of this use on costs.  

Results

High users of self-directed CME at the point-of-care can reduce the cost of their CME. This is mainly by saving on the costs of external CME meetings.

Conclusions 

Healthcare professionals should consider using a blend of self-directed CME and face-to-face education to ensure that their CME activities offer maximum value for a given spend. 

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Kieran Walsh

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Walsh, K. (2018). Self-directed continuing medical education at the point-of-care: implications for cost and value. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 54(1), 68-60. Retrieved from https://annali.iss.it/index.php/anna/article/view/622
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