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 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.
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
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
Prior Alcohol Consumption and Mortality Following
Acute Myocardial InfarctionArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that patients
who have consumed alcohol in the year prior to acute myocardial infarction
may have reduced mortality.
Moderate Alcohol Consumption and Risk of Heart Failure
Among Older PersonsArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that moderate
alcohol consumption may decrease the risk of heart failure in older adults.
Effectiveness of St John's Wort in Major Depression:
A Randomized Controlled TrialArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that St John's
wort may not be an effective therapy for major depression.
The CONSORT Statement: Revised Recommendations for
Improving the Quality of Reports of Parallel-Group Randomized TrialsArticle
Educational Objective: To understand how standards
for reporting randomized controlled trials have been revised to enhance readers'
interpretation of their results.
Use of the CONSORT Statement and Quality of Reports
of Randomized Trials: A Comparative Before-and-After EvaluationArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that adoption
of standards for reporting randomized controlled trials may improve the quality
Value of Flow Diagrams in Reports of Randomized Controlled
Educational Objective: To understand the strengths
and limitations of flow diagrams for reporting participation in randomized
Physician Interpretations and Textbook Definitions
of Blinding Terminology in Randomized Controlled TrialsArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that physicians
and textbooks have conflicting interpretations of terms used to describe blinding
of researchers and study subjects.
After reading 3 of these articles, complete the CME Evaluation Form.
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