CME Outfitters’ Testosterone Deficiency Outcomes Findings Published in CE Measure: The Journal of Outcomes Measurement in Continuing Healthcare Education

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Mixed-Methods Evaluation of Primary Care Continuing Education on Pre-Treatment Counseling of Men with Age-Associated Testosterone Deficiency

CME Outfitters (CMEO), a leading accredited provider in continuing medical education, announces the publication of their outcomes study in collaboration with the Alliance Research Institute of the Foundation for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, titled, “Mixed-Methods Evaluation of Primary Care Continuing Education on Pre-Treatment Counseling of Men with Age-Associated Testosterone Deficiency”, in CE Measure: The Journal of Outcomes Measurement in Continuing Healthcare Education. Authored by Sandra Haas Binford, Wendy Turell, Alexandra Howson, John R. Kues, Christine F. Amorosi, and Jan Perez, the publication details an investigation into the patterns of treatment-related counseling, and primary care practitioners’ (PCP) perspectives on patients’ understanding of, and satisfaction with, testosterone deficiency care.

Publication abstract summary:

Background: Clinical contacts regarding testosterone deficiency (TD) are increasing, necessitating continuing medical education (CME) activities to address primary care practitioner (PCP) gaps in pre-treatment counseling for untreated TD in men 45 years or older.

Methods: This mixed-methods study of PCP participation in live/enduring educational activities was designed to improve communication skills and competence/performance related to TD and testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). All participants requesting credit provided pre- and post-activity data. Select physician participants also participated in two follow-up interviews. Participants and comparison PCP peers completed follow-up surveys.

Results: Trend analyses and quantitative data show that CME participation improved counseling on TD, TRT benefits, risks, and formulation pros/cons. Across measures, self-selecting participants had significantly lower self-assessed, pre-activity counseling rates than comparison PCPs did; all 4 narrowed in Webcast 2 follow-up. For Webcast 1, rates of counseling on TRT options were suboptimal, whereas follow-up rates of counseling on transfer risk exceeded rates of WC2 participants and comparison peers; rates of counseling on treatment expectations exceeded WC2 participant rates. PCPs typically employed implicit strategies to assess patient understanding and satisfaction. Most shared TRT decision-making; others led patients to preferred formulations, although all groups showed gaps in selecting appropriate formulations. CME improved interviewee confidence.

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About CME Outfitters, LLC
CME Outfitters develops and distributes live, recorded and web-based, outcomes- and evidence-based educational activities to thousands of clinicians each year and offers expert accreditation and outcome services for non-accredited organizations. CME Outfitters focuses on delivering education to specialty audiences, with strong expertise in neuroscience, inflammatory, infectious, and autoimmune diseases, and cardiovascular disease. For a complete list of certified activities and more information, visit http://www.cmeoutfitters.com or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

About the Alliance Research Institute of the Foundation for Continuing Education in the Health Professions
The mission of the Alliance Research Institute of the Foundation for Continuing Education in the Health Professions is to enable the healthcare continuing education profession to conduct qualitative, quantiative, and mixed methods research to better inform education professionals on the design and conduct of educational and quality/performance improvement activities and measurement of education effectiveness to close knowledge and practice/performance gaps to ultimately improve patient outcomes and the public health. For additional information, visit http://www.acehp.org.

About CE Measure
CE Measure is the first peer-reviewed journal dedicated specifically to the art and science of healthcare educational outcomes measurement. Original manuscripts that address outcomes methodologies, results, practice-based protocols, CE conference highlights and abstracts, and case histories will be published to promote vigorous academic scrutiny of this important subject. With its Editor, Bob Orsetti, a 30+ year CME veteran who has served on nearly every influential committee and task force addressing the future of CME, and an editorial board of undisputed leaders from academia, industry, clinical fields and societies, and commercial educational companies, CE Measure is a driving force in outcomes measurement and analysis.

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