Rockpointe Study Quantifies Impact of CME on AFib Treatment, Prompts New Workshop

Policy and Medicine (06/16/2019) Thomas, Jason

A recent Rockpointe study highlighted continuing medical education's (CME) value to atrial fibrillation (AFib) patients and their physicians. The study also highlighted the need for more hands-on education to the wider clinician community. Researchers evaluated outcomes from three live activities in conjunction with chapter meetings of the American College of Physicians, three live activities at Medical Education Exchange Regional Conferences, and an online enduring course hosted on Primary Issues. Prior to receiving the educational material, 58% of participants were unfamiliar with at least 50% of the content presented, with overall pre-test scores of 63% and overall post-test scores of 94%. Pre-test scores also supported the need for more education to the broader target audience on identifying patients at high stroke risk who have not been diagnosed with AFib. Rockpointe has proposed a new CME/maintenance of certification-eligible initiative, "In-home Screening for Atrial Fibrillation: CME Workshop and Real-world Application in Patient Care," featuring a live workshop to demonstrate the efficacy of prolonged use of a noninvasive electrocardiogram-monitoring device and associated application.

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