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1. Citation: Forsetlund, L., Bjorndal, A., Rashidian, A., Jamtvedt, G., O’Brien, M.A., Wolf, F., Davis, D., Odgaard-Jensen, J., & Oxman, A.D. (2009). Continuing education meetings and workshops: effects on professional practice and health care outcomes (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD003030.pub2
Title: Continuing education meetings and workshops: effects on professional practice and healthcare outcomes (Review)
Author(s): Forsetlund, L.
Bjorndal, A.
Rashidian, A.
Jamtvedt, G.
O’Brien, M.A.
Wolf, F.
Davis, D.
Odgaard-Jensen, J.
Oxman, A.D.
Year: 2009
Journal/Publication: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Abstract: Historically continuing medical education activities, such as lectures, workshops, seminars, or symposia, have been used to try to improve healthcare practice and thus patient outcomes. The effectiveness of these types of programs are typically evaluated on three criteria, competence, performance, and patient health status. This review is meant to address three primary objectives. First, to question weather educational meetings and workshops, alone or with other interventions, are effective in improving professional practice or healthcare outcomes. Secondly, to evaluate the effectiveness of educational meetings compared to other interventions.  Finally, are educational meetings able to be made more effective by modifying the execution tactics? This updated review includes an additional 49 new studies for a total of 81 trials. Forsetlund et al. found that both singular educational meetings, and those combined with other activities, were able to improve professional practice and healthcare outcomes. However, this may not apply to more complex behaviors. These results also seem to mimic those of other interventions such as audit and feedback.

Type of Item: Systematic Review/Meta-Analysis
Type of KT Strategy: Educational Meetings
Target Group: Healthcare Professional
Research Funders
Evidence Level: 5
Record Updated:2013-07-18