Improving Appropriate Use of Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Patients With Dyslipidemia

Critical Pathways in Cardiology (08/24/21) Spyropoulos, Jelena; Boutsalis, George; Lucero, Katie; et al.

An online continuing medical education (CME) intervention was assessed for improving knowledge and competence of primary care physicians (PCPs) and cardiologists on the role of eicosapentaenoic acid ethyl ester in managing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk in patients with dyslipidemia. The intervention involved two online video-based CME sessions evaluated for learners who completed four pre- and post-assessment questions for each activity. A McNemar's chi-square test scored differences from pre- to post-assessment for all questions combined. Matched-learner data signaled that 34 percent of PCPs gained knowledge through CME participation and 42 percent said their knowledge was reinforced. Twenty-eight percent of cardiologists improved their knowledge and 61 percent had it reinforced. Also observed was a 17 percent relative increase in self-assessed confidence in appropriate use of EPA for PCPs and a 12 percent increase for cardiologists. These results illustrate the benefits of training the appropriate target audience base and reflect how CME intervention can improve clinical care.

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