Case Report: Web-Based Commitment-to-Change Evaluation of an Annual Continuing Medical Education ConferenceCase Report: Web-Based Commitment-to-Change Evaluation of an Annual Continuing Medical Education Conference

Jason J. Olivieri, Karen Bidus

Abstract


Background: This case report describes a Web-based commitment-to-change (CTC) evaluation of an annual continuing medical education (CME) conference for pediatricians.

Method: One week after a full-day CME conference, the physician participants received a Web-based survey that asked them to identify changes they were considering to make in their practice because of conference participation. A 1-page summary report of all of the collected change statements was e-mailed to each respondent 3 weeks later. A final follow-up survey to assess self-reported adherence to the identified changes was distributed at 3 months.

Results: Eighty physicians attended the full-day conference. The 44 physicians (55%) who participated in the Web-based CTC survey provided 70 changes under consideration. Of those who identified changes under consideration, 44% (15/34) completed the 3-month follow-up survey. Of the 32 changes under consideration among these respondents, 34% (n = 11) were fully implemented, 38% (n = 12) were partially implemented, and 25% (n = 8) were not implemented at all.

Conclusion: Greater than 50% of the physician participants in a pediatric CME conference participated in a Web-based CTC survey. One third of all change statements collected with the Web-based CTC survey were at least partially implemented within 3 months, according to physician self-report.


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