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Table 4 The CME effect on GPs’ self-assessed readiness to investigate. The proportions of vignettes where the GP made a definitive action after first or second phase of the vignette; one month before (Before) and seven months after (After) the CME. GPs are divided into two groups: CME-participating group and reference group. An effect within a group is shown as an odds ratio (OR0 for the Reference group; OR1 for the CME-participating group). Comparisons between groups are shown as a ratio of odds ratios (OR1/OR0)

From: Impact of continuing medical education in cancer diagnosis on GP knowledge, attitude and readiness to investigate – a before-after study

  Reference group N (vignettes) = 232 N (GPs) = 116   CME-participating group N (vignettes) = 160 N (GPs) = 80   Comparison between groups
  Before After Before vs. after Before After Before vs. after OR1/OR0* (p)
% (n) % (n) OR0* (p) % (n) % (n) OR1* (p)
Definitive action, at the end of first phase 37.9 (88) 40.1 (93) 1.19 (0.444) 36.9 (59) 43.8 (70) 1.70 (0.055) 1.43 (0.316)
Definitive action, at the end of second phase 77.2 (179) 77.6 (180) 1.04 (0.872) 81.9 (131) 88.8 (142) 2.02 (0.043) 1.94 (0.119)
  1. Bold = significance level of p < 0.05. *adjusted for a study-step and type of vignette