Effectiveness of continuing medical education in increasing colorectal cancer screening knowledge among Vietnamese American physicians

J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2010 May;21(2):568-81. doi: 10.1353/hpu.0.0290.

Abstract

Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates are lower in Vietnamese Americans than in non-Hispanic Whites. Most Vietnamese Americans have ethnically concordant physicians and are willing to have CRC screening if their physicians recommend it. We conducted two continuing medical education (CME) seminars with participants recruited from the Vietnamese Physician Association of Northern California to increase their CRC screening knowledge. We used pre- and post-CME surveys to evaluate the CMEs and per-item McNemar's tests to assess changes in knowledge. Correct responses increased significantly from pre- to post-CME for all five items on CRC burden and four of 11 items on screening guidelines and practices at the first CME and for five of seven items on screening guidelines and practices at the second CME. Continuing medical education seminars were effective in increasing CRC screening knowledge among Vietnamese American physicians. This increase may lead to physicians' recommending and their patients' completing CRC screening tests.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asian Americans / education*
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • California
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / ethnology*
  • Early Detection of Cancer / statistics & numerical data*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • United States
  • Vietnam / ethnology