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Notes from the Pfizer Webinar Series

August 16, 2010

Pfizer Webinar Series

On Friday August 6, 2010, Don E. Moore, JR conducted a Pfizer webinar discussing outcomes assessments. For detailed notes and information from the Pfizer webinar, please see below. Webcast: Pfizer First Friday Webinar Series: Outcomes Assessment Date: Friday, August 6, 2010 Presenter: Don E. Moore, Jr., Ph.D Notes: Planning & Assessment Framework for CME Planners
  •  Start each activity by defining a logical assessment process: - Start with the end in mind. “Backwards” planning starts with the needs assessment - Best practice planning begins with examining a community health gap (not just a physician practice gap) - It’s important to define the type of gap: Performance gap? Knowledge gap? Competence gap? Administrative and patient issues should also be considered.
  • Outcomes Planning: -Think about the outcomes you would like to see and realize that different outcomes require different approaches in planning. - Best practice uses health records as objective measures to examine changed practice and/or surveys or case-based questions as subjective measures
  • Consider physician learning stages when planning activities and formats:
  • Planner will: Pre-dispose learner→ Enable learner→ Reinforce learning Learner will: Recognize need for improvement→ Take ownership for improvement→ Incorporate what was learned into practice→
  • Provide opportunities for practice and feedback
  • - To insure that the knowledge will transfer to the learner’s daily practice, the guidance must be practice-based
  •  Ideal methods of reinforcement: CME coaches Performance dashboards Traveling competence teams - Why do pilots need to go through a certain number of simulation hours before they can be licensed? Shouldn’t physicians have to do the same?
  • Implement, Monitor, and Evaluate with “Plan, Do, Study, Act” format - Planning, Implementation, and Outcomes Assessment should be a circular process to improve CME over time, with Outcomes Assessments revealing further practice needs or directing planners to address leftover gaps. - Ideal follow-up would track learners at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months
  •  Successful program elements can be identified and incorporated into other CME activities.
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