A randomized controlled trial assessing the impact of problem-based versus didactic teaching methods in CME

Res Med Educ. 1988;27:72-7.


A Continuing Medical Education short course was designed to examine the effect of presenting topics in three learning formats - traditional lectures, large-group, case discussions or small-group, problem-solving sessions, on knowledge and performance of family physicians. The physicians in the small group session rated the CME short course higher and performed better on one aspect of patient management than the lecture or large group physicians but there were no other differences between groups on knowledge or physician performance.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / methods*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Family Practice / education*
  • Humans