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Continuing Medical Education
September 19, 2001

September 19, 2001

JAMA. 2001;286(11):1389-1390. doi:10.1001/jama.286.11.1389
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

Peripheral Arterial Disease Detection, Awareness, and Treatment in Primary CareArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that peripheral arterial disease may often go unrecognized by primary care physicians.

Cost-effectiveness of Practice-Initiated Quality Improvement for Depression: Results of a Randomized Controlled TrialArticle

Educational Objective: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of quality improvement interventions for the clinical management of depression.

Long-term Weight Loss With Sibutramine: A Randomized Controlled TrialArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that continuous and intermittent administration of sibutramine are equivalent for long-term treatment of obesity.

Mid-Trimester Endovaginal Sonography in Women at High Risk for Spontaneous Preterm BirthArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that endovaginal sonography may predict spontaneous preterm delivery.

Influence of Age on Medicare Expenditures and Medical Care in the Last Year of LifeArticle

Educational Objective: To learn that the aggressiveness of medical care for older adults in the United States may decrease in the last year of life.

Application of the TIMI Risk Score for ST-Elevation MI in the National Registry of Myocardial Infarction 3Article

Educational Objective: To understand that a clinical prediction score may be useful in the triage and management of patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction.

Interventions for the Treatment and Management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Systematic ReviewArticle

Educational Objective: To compare the effectiveness of interventions for the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome.

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