Self-directed continuing medical education at the point-of-care: implications for cost and value

Ann Ist Super Sanita. 2018 Jan-Mar;54(1):58-60. doi: 10.4415/ANN_18_01_11.


Purpose: There is a growing interest in the use of point-of-care clinical decision support resources as a form of continuing medical education (CME). This paper models various cost and value outcomes that might emerge from the use of a clinical decision support tool (BMJ Best Practice) as CME.

Methods: BMJ Best Practice is the clinical decision support tool of the BMJ. Healthcare professionals can use it to do self-directed CME. We modeled the use of clinical decision support as a component of CME and evaluated the potential impact of this use on costs.

Results: High users of self-directed CME at the point-of-care can reduce the cost of their CME. This is mainly by saving on the costs of external CME meetings.

Conclusions: Healthcare professionals should consider using a blend of self-directed CME and face-to-face education to ensure that their CME activities offer maximum value for a given cost.

MeSH terms

  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Decision Support Systems, Clinical
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / economics*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / methods*
  • Humans
  • Point-of-Care Systems / economics*