AHRQ is looking to assess the perceived value of continuing education and the impact that it has on clinician behavior, according to the announcement. The agency also wants to determine whether education about comparative-effectiveness research affects clinicians' confidence in applying comparative-effectiveness research in practice, helps them better understand the applications of such research and/or improves their ability to "counsel patients on treatment and management alternatives.”
Typically, AHRQ publishes its comparative-effectiveness research findings in the American College of Physicians' journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, but it noted that “it is nearly impossible to discern whether the manuscript was read, its effect on the reader, and the likelihood that the reader will utilize the information.”
In this project, AHRQ will provide 15 online CME modules on specific comparative-effectiveness research reports a year for three years, and data will be collected on participation, CME certificates issued, and amount of related guidance materials ordered. Participants will be asked to evaluate modules for effectiveness and impact at 60 days, six months and one year after completion.