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Continuing Medical Education: What Delivery Format Do Physicians Prefer?

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JCEHP Volume 23, Number 3, ISSN 0894-1912


Background: Although physicians are in a unique position to prevent life-threatening outcomes by counseling patients to stop smoking, many of them miss the opportunity to intervene in their patients' use of tobacco. Nicotine Dependence Across the Lifespan was developed as a continuing medical education (CME) program to teach and encourage physicians to deliver effective tobacco prevention and tobacco cessation counseling. Methods: This CME program was offered to Texas physicians, free of charge, in three formats: live lectures, videotapes, and World Wide Web-based training. The program targeted physicians in four rural areas of Texas (San Angelo, Harlingen, Tyler; and Lubbock), where high smoking rates are prevalent and the number of professional smoking cessation services is low. We examined the sociodemographic characteristics of the participating physicians, factors in their decisions to participate in the program, and the extent to which their reported CME format preferences were associated with age, gender, race, profession, and location. Results: The four factors identified--professional development, cost, personal control, and convenience/complexity--explained 76.9% of the variance describing the reasons physicians participated in the CME offering. The physicians' preferred CME format was live lectures: based on responses, this did not differ across age, gender, race/ethnicity, and location. Discussion: Live lecture continues to be a preferred format of CME for physicians in four rural areas of Texas, yet research continues to show that lecture results in only the lowest level of behavioral change. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)


Stancic, N., Mullen, P.D., Prokhorov, A.V., Frankowski, R.F. & McAlister, A.L. (2003). Continuing Medical Education: What Delivery Format Do Physicians Prefer?. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 23(3), 162-167. Retrieved October 24, 2020 from .

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