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Table 3 Effect size of text-based clinical updates

From: A controlled trial of the effectiveness of internet continuing medical education

CME ACTIVITY Participants Non-participants Effect size
  N Mean % evidence-based response SD N Mean % evidence-based response SD  
Psychiatry        
Identifying patients with prodromal schizophrenia 35 73 12 28 49 16 1.76
Treatment nonadherence among individuals with schizophrenia 52 71 17 47 54 21 0.90
Treatment resistant schizophrenia 50 77 18 50 60 15 1.08
Reducing suicide risk in patients with schizophrenia 49 81 21 46 59 27 0.92
Recognizing and preventing abuse of rapid-onset opioids 50 68 21 57 48 21 0.93
Detecting autism in a toddler 100 68 19 102 50 22 0.85
Hyperactivity or autism 101 61 19 95 47 20 0.73
Infectious disease        
Maximizing therapeutic success in an era of increasing antibiotic resistance 43 73 27 43 51 28 0.80
The role of antibiotics in serious hospital acquired infections 47 87 20 54 71 19 0.82
Fungal infection in the immunocompromised patient 47 68 21 39 54 21 0.65
Urology        
Prostate cancer 26 71 24 28 49 19 0.28
Lower urinary tract symptoms in men 24 74 23 24 58 20 0.77
Evaluation and treatment of overactive bladder 41 74 29 45 63 28 0.37
Erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular disease 29 63 14 25 57 22 0.32
Cardiology        
Statin efficacy and prevention of recurrent stroke 22 83 11 22 60 16 1.62
Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and very low cholesterol 59 88 21 59 72 30 0.62
Statins in the treatment of heart failure 50 60 18 49 45 19 0.83
Advances in hypertension 22 82 18 22 58 27 1.04
Medical adherence 22 55 22 22 38 16 0.89
Analysis of latest trial data points to new guidelines & restructured hypertension therapy 50 85 19 49 59 25 1.04
Neurology        
The role of MRI in multiple sclerosis diagnosis and management 53 64 21 53 46 19 0.89
Breakthrough pain 73 75 27 73 48 29 0.98
Rheumatology        
Risks and benefits of COX-2 selective inhibitors 85 70 23 98 62 24 0.36
Women's health        
Contraception today 18 79 21 21 57 20 1.12