What else can you do as an accredited provider to increase the likelihood that your education is going to be effective in changing healthcare or professional practice? What else can you do to ensure that your well-designed educational activities and your whole institutional program of continuing medical education makes a difference? Well, Criteria 18, 19 and 20 are opportunities. In 18 we’re asked for providers to identify factors outside your control that impact on patient outcomes. So, the question is, What else is causing this? The question for you to ask yourself is, We know what the patient outcomes are, but what else besides what the docs know or the docs do is causing this? And that we can somehow interact with. 19 says, providers implement educational strategies to remove, overcome or address barriers to physician change. The question you ask yourself is, What’s blocking our effectiveness? What is it that is out there that’s preventing our educational intervention of getting these docs, who now know how to do something, to go out and change? What is it that we need to remove, overcome or address so that the doc can go out and care for the patients the way we are teaching them to? And maybe one of the strategies is number 20: You build bridges with other stakeholders through collaboration and cooperation. Let’s go out and find people in organizations that can help CME do better, that can help CME help the physicians provide better care. So, three questions and three Criteria. What else is causing our problems and preventing changes in patient outcomes? What’s blocking our effectiveness, so, what other educational strategies can we put into place to remove barriers to physician change? And let’s go out and find people in organizations that can help us, can help CME do a better job.
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