While research looking at the impact of the Performance Improvement (PI) CME format on dermatology has been lacking, a new study sheds some light on the topic. It suggests dermatologists completing a PI CME on psoriasis significantly improved in important patient care aspects.
The American Academy of Dermatology offers eight PI CMEs in a variety of areas. For this study, researchers assessed physician practice patterns after completing the AAD’s psoriasis PI CME. The psoriasis PI CME was created by the AAD in part to assist dermatologists in fulfilling Part IV of their Maintenance of Certification requirements.
Study participants self-audited patient charts, which met inclusion criteria in stage A, and reflected on their results, benchmarked against peers. They reviewed educational materials in stage B and developed improvement plans, and completed the CME by self-auditing a different set of patient charts after the plan’s implementation, according to the study published online January 7, 2015 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.