Physicians with current and valid licenses in the United States, Canada,
or Mexico who read any 3 of the selected continuing medical education (CME)
articles in this issue of JAMA, complete the CME Evaluation Form, and fax
it to the number or mail it to the address at the bottom of the CME Evaluation
Form are eligible for category 1 CME credit. There is no charge.
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AMA designates this educational activity for up to 1 hour of category 1 CME
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spent in this educational activity.
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your responsibility to maintain a record of credit received.
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JAMA is a general medical journal. Its mission and educational purpose
is to promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public
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JOURNAL's editorial board and is then supplemented throughout the year with
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needs and to assist the editors in addressing their needs in future issues.
Readers of JAMA should be able to attain the following educational
objectives: (1) select and read at least 3 articles in 1 issue to gain new
medical information on topics of particular interest to them as physicians,
(2) assess the articles' value to them as practicing physicians, and (3) think
carefully about how this new information may influence their own practices.
The educational objective for each CME article is given after the article
The following articles in this issue may be read for CME credit:
Authorship: The Coin of the Realm, The Source of ComplaintsArticle
Educational objective: To learn that authorship
disputes are increasingly frequent.
Prevalence of Articles With Honorary Authors and Ghost
Authors in Peer-Reviewed Medical JournalsArticle
Educational objective: To learn how often medical
journal articles have honorary or ghost authors.
Does Masking Author Identity Improve Peer Review Quality?
A Randomized Controlled TrialArticle
Educational objective: To learn whether masking
author identity improves peer review quality.
Adherence to Published Standards of Reporting: A Comparison
of Placebo-Controlled Trials Published in English or GermanArticle
Educational objective: To learn about reporting
deficiencies in published randomized controlled trials.
Publication Bias and Research on Passive Smoking:
Comparison of Published and Unpublished StudiesArticle
Educational objective: To learn that publication
may be delayed if a study's results are not statistically significant.
Positive-Outcome Bias and Other Limitations in the
Outcome of Research Abstracts Submitted to a Scientific MeetingArticle
Educational objective: To learn that studies
with positive results are more likely to be accepted for presentation at scientific
meetings and published.
A Comparison of the Opinions of Experts and Readers
as to What Topics a General Medical Journal (JAMA) Should AddressArticle
Educational objective: To learn how often editors
and editorial board members agree with readers about topics to emphasize for
After reading 3 of these articles, complete the CME Evaluation Form.
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