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 Archives of Internal Medicine, 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 continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this educational activity for up to 1 hour of Category 1 credit per Archives of Internal Medicine issue toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award (PRA). Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that were actually spent in the 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 only available to physicians licensed in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.
To earn credit, read the articles designated for CME credit carefully and complete the CME Evaluation Form. The CME Evaluation Form must be submitted within 4 weeks 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 the Archives of Internal Medicine. To achieve this goal, we need your help. You must complete the CME Evaluation Form to receive credit.
For the "Statement of Educational Purpose," see the July 26, 1999 issue. The following articles in this issue may be read for CME credit:
Cholesterol Lowering in the Elderly PopulationArticle
Educational Objective: To understand the indications and goals of lipid lowering in patients older than age 65.
Hazardous and Harmful Alcohol Consumption in Primary CareArticle
Educational Objective: To learn which instruments can quickly and accurately identify dangerous alcohol use in the primary care setting.
Cost-effectiveness Analysis in Clinical Practice: The Case of Heart FailureArticle
Educational Objective: To learn the basics of cost-effectiveness analysis and which approaches to heart failure are cost-effective.
Screening for Depression in the Older Adult: Criterion Validity of the 10-Item Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D)Article
Educational Objective: To learn that a 10-item screening instrument can quickly and accurately identify depression in older patients.
Thyroid Nodules in Graves Disease and the Risk of Thyroid CarcinomaArticle
Educational Objective: To understand the diagnostic approach and low risk of malignancy in patients with coexistent Graves disease and thyroid nodules.
A Comprehensive Educational Program Improves Clinical Outcome Measures in Inner-City Patients With AsthmaArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that inpatient asthma education improves outpatient clinical outcome and decreases cost.
Articles on Complementary Medicine in the Mainstream Medical Literature: An Investigation of MEDLINE, 1966 Through 1996Article
Educational Objective: To learn about increased publications related to alternative medicine over the past 30 years.
Atrophic Body Gastritis in Patients With Autoimmune Thyroid Disease: An Underdiagnosed AssociationArticle
Educational Objective: To understand the relationships between autoimmune thyroid disease, atrophic gastritis, and anemia.
Withdrawal of Haloperidol, Thioridazine, and Lorazepam in the Nursing Home: A Controlled Double-blind StudyArticle
Educational Objective: To understand that chronic use of psychotropic agents for agitation in nursing home residents is of limited benefit.
Twenty Years Beyond Medical School: Physicians' Attitudes Toward Death and Terminally Ill PatientsArticle
Educational Objective: To understand the effect of 20 years of life and medical practice on attitude toward death and terminally ill patients.
Long-term Use of Oral Anticoagulants and the Risk of FractureArticle
Educational Objective: To understand the risk of oral anticoagulation and various types of fractures.
A Multistate Outbreak ofEscherichia coliO157:H7 Infections Associated With Consumption of Mesclun LettuceArticle
Educational Objective: To understand food-borne epidemic as exemplified by one caused by Escherichia coli.
Do Patients With Obstructive Sleep Apnea Wake Up With Headaches?Article
Educational Objective: To learn that sleep apnea is associated with headaches on awakening, which decrease with effective treatment of sleep apnea.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus 1 Protease Inhibitors in Clinical Practice: Predictors of Virological OutcomeArticle
Educational Objective: To understand the factors associated with success in viral suppression in patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection.
A Community-Based Study of Explanatory Factors for the Excess Risk for Early Renal Function Decline in Blacks vs Whites With Diabetes: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities StudyArticle
Educational Objective: To understand the factors associated with more rapid early decline in viral function in black compared with white patients with diabetes.
Prevalence and Correlates of Elevated Serum Creatinine: The Framingham Heart StudyArticle
Educational Objective: To understand the factors associated with elevated serum creatinine levels.
Archives of Internal Medicine Reader's Choice: Continuing Medical Education. Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(15):1818-1819. doi:10.1001/archinte.159.15.1818