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Table 5 The CME effect on GP cancer risk assessment when referring consecutive patients for urgent referral. The numbers of assessing GPs and assessed patients are shown together with the median (inter quartile interval (IQI)) and the mean (95 % CI) assessed risk of cancer before and after the CME. GPs are divided into two groups: CME-participating group and reference group. An effect within a group and comparisons between groups are shown as regression coefficients

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

  Reference group CME-participating group Comparison between groups
N = 634 N = 197
  Before After Before vs. after Before After Before vs. after Regression coefficient* (p)
Regression coefficient* (p) Regression coefficient * (p)
GPs (n (%)) 384 (60.6) 364 (57.4)   148 (75.1) 160 (81.2)   
Patients (n) 1740 1276   610 838   
Median risk (% (IQI)) 30 (10–50) 30 (10–50)   30 (10–50) 15 (10–50)   
Mean risk (% (95 % CI)) 39.6 (38.1; 41.0) 38.8 (37.1; 40.4) −0.17 (0.063) 39.0 (36.6; 41.4) 27.4 (25.6; 29.3) −1.10 (<0.001) −0.93 (<0.001)
  1. Bold = significance level of p < 0.05. *adjusted for a study-step and patient’s gender and age, on square root scale