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Abstract: PO0290

Success of CME/CE in Promoting Performance Improvements Related to Iron Deficiency Anemia Management in Women

Session Information

Category: Anemia and Iron Metabolism

  • 200 Anemia and Iron Metabolism

Authors

  • Larkin, Amy, Medscape LLC, New York, New York, United States
  • Hanley, Kelly L., Medscape LLC, New York, New York, United States
Background

We studied the effect of online education designed to improve the clinical performance of clinicians in the OB/Gyn and primary care setting related to iron deficiency anemia (IDA) management in women.

Methods

The continuing medical education (CME) activity was a 45-minute online text- and video-based activity focusing of different aspects of anemia management in the women’s health setting. The impact of the education on performance outcomes was measured with a follow-up Planned Change Assessment® (PCA) survey immediately post-education to assess planned changes in clinician practice. Survey participants were contacted 8 weeks later to assess self-reported actual changes in practice.

Results

In total, 1,239 clinicians completed the initial PCA questionnaire
275 OB/Gyn physicians, 142 OB/Gyn NPs and PAs, 446 PCPs, and 376 NP/PA in the primary care setting
Of those, 1,171 (95%) indicated they planned to make changes
3,610 changes were planned, an average of 3.1 per completer
Of immediate PCA completers, 92 completed the follow-up PCA
89 completers (97%) made 331 changes in practice, an average of 3.7 changes per completer
Most common changes in practice: better screening for new mothers and those with abnormal uterine bleeding for anemia, consideration of IV iron in various cases, and improved counseling of patients related to causes and symptoms of IDA.

Conclusion

The outcomes gathered in this assessment provide compelling evidence that participation in an online CME activity can be successful at prompting changes in practice, and in this case prompted clinicians in the OB/Gyn and primary care setting to provide better care for women with or at risk for IDA.

Funding

  • Commercial Support