The Association Between Physicians’ Cognitive Skills and Quality of Diabetes Care - American Board of Medical Specialties

This study explored the relationship between general internist Maintenance of Certification (MOC) examination scores and their clinical performance on a diabetes composite measure, assessed through ABIM diabetes PIM. For the PIM, participating physicians were required to abstract between 10 and 25 patient charts and distribute the same amount of patient surveys. Study results revealed a strong link between the examination scores and diabetes composite measure, indicating the importance of the cognitive skills to patient care. Participants chose to complete the PIM and they selected the patients for their performance evaluation themselves. However, the link between a comprehensive composite measure of diabetes care and MOC examination scores provides insight to the value of the examination in ABIM MOC program and in patient care.

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