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Comparative Trial of a Short Workshop Designed to Enhance Appropriate Use of Screening Tests by Family Physicians - American Board of Medical Specialties

This study explored the effect of a short, interactive, educational workshop on guideline implementation relevant to the use of appropriate screening tests by family physicians. The intervention involved unannounced standardized patient visits to physicians before and after an educational workshop. Standardized patients completed a post-visit questionnaire in order to help evaluate the intervention. The questionnaire helped track the ordering of recommended tests as well as exclusion of  tests that were not recommended. Efforts to maintain subject randomization failed. Nevertheless, study results revealed that the short, interactive, educational workshop had a significant effect on decreasing the ordering of unnecessary screening tests.

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