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Continuing Medical Education
April 19, 2000

April 19, 2000

JAMA. 2000;283(15):2041-2042. doi:10.1001/jama.283.15.2041
Physicians in the United States, Canada, and Mexico

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.

The American Medical Association (AMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor CME for physicians. The AMA designates this educational activity for up to 1 hour of category 1 CME credit per JAMA issue toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award (PRA). Each physician should claim for credit only those hours that were actually spent in this educational activity.

Physicians in Other Countries

Physicians with current and valid licenses in the United States, Mexico, or Canada are eligible for CME credit even if they live or practice in other countries. Physicians licensed in other countries are also welcome to participate in this CME activity. However, the PRA is available only to physicians licensed in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.

Earning Credit and the CME Evaluation Form

To earn credit, read 3 of the articles listed below that are designated for CME credit carefully and complete the CME Evaluation Form. The CME Evaluation Form must be submitted within 1 month of the issue date. A certificate awarding 1 hour of category 1 CME credit will be faxed or mailed to you; it is then your responsibility to maintain a record of credit received.

One of our goals is to assess continually the educational needs of our readers so we may enhance the educational effectiveness of JAMA. To achieve this goal, we need your help. You must complete the CME Evaluation Form to receive credit.

Statement of Educational Purpose

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 health. A flexible curriculum of article topics is developed annually by THE JOURNAL's editorial board and is then supplemented throughout the year with information gained from readers, authors, reviewers, and editors. To accommodate the diversity of practice types within JAMA's readership, the Reader's Choice CME activity allows readers, as adult learners, to determine their own educational 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 title below.

CME Articles in This Issue of JAMA

The following articles in this issue may be read for CME credit:

Major Cardiovascular Events in Hypertensive Patients Randomized to Doxazosin vs ChlorthalidoneArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that an α-adrenergic blocking drug had higher risk of combined cardiovascular disease events than a diuretic in treating hypertension.

The Relationship Between Managed Care Insurance and Use of Lower-Mortality Hospitals for CABG SurgeryArticle

Educational Objective: To compare use of lower-mortality hospitals by managed care and fee-for-service patients.

Enduring Effects of Nurse Home Visitation on Maternal Life Course: A 3-Year Follow-up of a Randomized TrialArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that the health benefits of home visits for new mothers may persist for years.

The Effect of Organized Systems of Trauma Care on Motor Vehicle Crash MortalityArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that mature trauma systems may reduce motor vehicle crash mortality.

Ketoconazole for Early Treatment of Acute Lung Injury and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled TrialArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that ketoconazole may not be an effective treatment for acute respiratory distress syndrome.

The Case Against Anergy Testing as a Routine Adjunct to Tuberculin Skin TestingArticle

Educational Objective: To learn why anergy testing may not be useful for tuberculosis screening or diagnosis.

Meta-analysis of Observational Studies in Epidemiology: A Proposal for ReportingArticle

Educational Objective: To learn the recommendations of experts for reporting meta-analyses of observational studies.

After reading 3 of these articles, complete the CME Evaluation Form.