16520 Continuing medical education on acne improves dermatologists’ knowledge and competence on patient management

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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology


Background: Although acne is fairly common, clinicians are not aware of its impact on QoL and how to best prevent acne scars.

Methods: Dermatologists participated in online CME activities on diagnosis and treatment of acne. CME formats were a 30-minute panel discussion, and two 15-minute 2-person video conversations, with synchronized slides. Effectiveness was analyzed using 3 multiple-choice and 1 self-efficacy question for each activity, presented as pre-/post-CME repeated pairs. Activities posted from December 2018 through March 2019; data were collected for 30 days after launch. Chi-square test assessed changes in responses to questions from pre- to post-CME. P values measured significance; P <.05 = statistically significant.

Results: In pre- to post-CME for all activities combined, average correct responses improved from 43% (pre) to 59% (post); n = 379, P <.05. Post-CME, there was a 15% absolute improvement in knowledge on the impact of acne on QoL (36% to 51% pre/post; P <.05); a 33% overall increase in confidence assessing the impact of acne on QoL; and an overall 26% increase in confidence in the ability to ameliorate the psychosocal impact of acne with treatment. Post-CME, there was a 17% absolute improvement in knowledge on the risk for acne scars and scar prevention (36% to 51% pre/post; P <.05); a 27% overall increase in confidence in individualizing treatment in adults.

Conclusions: Online CME consisting of video-based discussions with synchronized slides improved dermatologists’ knowledge relating to the impact of acne on QoL and on the preventing acne scars.





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