We sought to determine if online continuing medical education (CME) could improve the knowledge and confidence of multiple specialties related to CVOT data for T2D therapies. The CME activity was a 30-minute online video panel discussion. A repeated pairs pre-/post-assessment study design and chi-square test (P <.05 is considered significant) assessed educational effect. The activity launched June 28, 2019 and data were collected through July 31, 2019. In total, 723 PCPs, 97 D/Es, and 130 cardiologists were included in the analysis. Overall, there were knowledge and confidence improvements seen among all groups from pre- to post-assessment: • 16% of PCPs (P=.06), 19% of D/Es (P=.24), and 26% (P<.01) of cardiologists improved at identifying differences between CVOT patient populations • 25% of PCPs (P<.001), 19% of D/Es (P=.19), and 20% (P<.05) of cardiologists improved at recognizing nuances of CVOT patient populations of an ongoing CVOT that can assist in applying the data when available • 43% of PCPs, 37% of D/Es, and 42% of cardiologists reported increased confidence in understanding CVOT data Continued educational gaps: • 41% of PCPs, 39% of D/Es, and 37% of cardiologists failed to identify nuances of a CVOT patient population • 32% of PCPs, 20% of D/Es, and 28% of cardiologists failed to recognize guideline-based treatment recommendations based on CVOT data • 41% of PCPs, 39% of D/Es, and 37% of cardiologists failed to identify nuances of a CVOT patient population
This study demonstrates the success of online CME on improving knowledge and confidence of a multi-specialty group on CVOT data. Continued gaps were identified for future educational targets.
A. Larkin: None. J. Schrand: None. A. Le: None.
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