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- Margaret Clark,
- James L. Januzzi JR,
- Barry H. Greenberg and
- Steve Eckert
Utilization of web-based technology to deliver continuing medical education (CME) has risen rapidly in the last 10 years. However, there are few published data on the effect of web-based learning on participant’s knowledge, practice patterns, commitment to change (COC), and clinical practice. As CME providers adopt online technology, it is critical that the effectiveness of this education be evaluated. The aim of this prospective study was to assess the effectiveness of an online educational activity on participant’s knowledge, practice patterns, COC, and clinical practice among cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and internists.
An online activity consisting of a recorded lecture with slides titled The New Age of Heart Failure: Innovative Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies was available from Dec 27, 2016, to Dec 27, 2017. Analysis of participant demographics, pre and post knowledge levels and COC were conducted utilizing knowledge-based questions, self-reported practice related evaluations, COC statements, and a 2018 follow-up survey.
The program had 1,958 participants who viewed the education, 757 who completed the pre-test and post-test, and 610 attendees who completed the course earning 1.25 / AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Twenty-four percent listed Cardiology and 12% Primary Care as their specialty; 80% of attendees had prescriptive privileges. Notably, Advanced Practitioners comprised 50% of participants. Improvements in knowledge were noted in all 6 pre to post-test questions assessed with significant improvements in the areas of diagnosis and medication usage (pre to post-test % change: 66%. and 52%, respectively). Post activity COC statements showed that 35% intended to change their diagnostic procedures and 44% would change their treatment approach. Self-reported survey results showed that 88% made changes to their practice, 7,206 patients are affected monthly by these changes, 99% stated the program met their educational needs, and the most important information learned: medications.
These findings show that this online education significantly impacted participant knowledge and self-reported practice changes.
Posters Hall_Hall A
Saturday, March 28, 2020, 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
Session Title: Spotlight on Special Topics: Education and Training 2
Abstract Category: 42. Spotlight on Special Topics: Education and Training
Presentation Number: 1174-273
- 2020 American College of Cardiology Foundation