Physican Awareness of Commercial Support Regulations in CME

March 30, 2009 at 8:40 pm Leave a comment

Do physicians really understand the rules related to commercial support for CME? According to a survey conducted by the University of Florida College of Medicine and PeerView Medical Education Institute, not very well. Some results of the survey were presented at the 2009 annul meeting of the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education. The study was conducted by an independent company with no interest or expertise in CME. A total of 592 physicians participate in the survey. Among the questions physicians were asked was this: To the best of your knowledge, according to the rules and regulations that currently exist, what input may a commercial supporter have on a CME-certified activity?

• 67 % thought the commercial supporter can provide funding for CME activities.
• 38% thought the commercial supporter can have input into selecting faculty.
• 38 % thought the commercial supporter may help identify the target audience.
• 37% thought the commercial supporter may assist in developing the educational materials .
• 30 % thought the commercial supporter can have input on the topic.
• 24% thought the commercial supporter can review the content for medical accuracy prior to release
• 5% thought none of the above
• 18% didn’t know.

There were a number of questions in the survey related to commercial support and bias in CME. I talked with Marvin Dewar, MD, Associate Dean of CME at the UF College of Medicine and Ted Singer, President of PeerView, in a recent podcast about some of these results. I think you might find it interesting and perhaps in some instances disturbing. For example I found the attitudes reported about physicians receiving CME for free a but distasteful. And most respondents indicate that if CME were not free they would not increase the amount of money they spend on CME each year. Which of course means they would do less CME each year. You might also find some answers to questions about bias in CME a interesting.

I encourage you to listen to the podcast and jump in here with your comments.

Entry filed under: CME, CME Issues, Continuing Medical Education, Continung Professional Development, Pharma Funding.

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